In this video, Djiniyini Gondarra (DG) and Wämut (Richard Trudgen’s skin name) start working through the many questions that Yolŋu people still have about the COVID-19 vaccines.
The first question is why some of the first people who got the vaccine developed blood clots? The media around this created a lot of fear and confusion. There are also many questions Yolŋu people have around the production of vaccines. Many Yolŋu people thought it was the government who were producing them and did not know that there were private companies involved.
This video talks about some of the companies involved and explains there have been up to 23 different attempts to create a vaccine across the world.
It also puts into context the small number of blood clots that the AstraZeneca vaccine created. And goes on to explain that the main vaccine now used in the Northern Territory is Pfizer. This program also talks about the origins of the Pfizer company.
The traditional worldview of Yolŋu means they want in-depth, science-based information in order to understand any new topic. This is what Yolŋu call the “dhuḏi-dhäwu” – the deep true story. This full series of videos attempts to answer some of their questions from a Yolŋu worldview, using their linguistic construction of knowledge.
Watch the full series by clicking the links below:
- Video #1 COVID-19: Introduction to Coronavirus
- Video #5 COVID-19: Where did it come from?
- Video #8 COVID-19: Are there 2 diseases with 2 different names?
- Video #11 COVID-19: Has the virus occurred before?
- Video #15 COVID-19: The discovery of germs
- Video #18 COVID-19: Looking for the Right Medicine to Stop the Virus
- Video #19 COVID-19: How does it spread
- Video #23 COVID-19: Breathe it in to lungs