COVID-19 took the world by storm over a year ago and there is still a lot we have to learn about the virus. Our curiosity, distrust, and frequent exposure to misinformation have led to many dangerous vaccine myths that threaten to jeopardize the success of worldwide vaccination efforts.
Our participation in the widespread campaign to vaccinate is essential for fighting off this virus and returning to a sense of normalcy that many of us are in a hurry to get back to. Here are some common vaccine myths and why you should stop believing them.
The vaccine available to us today does not contain the live virus. The vaccines simply instruct your cells to create a protein that helps your body recognize and fight off the virus. mRNA vaccines do not pose a risk of infecting anyone with COVID-19.
The vaccines that protect against COVID-19 do not change your DNA. They instruct your cells to build an immunity and quickly break down after doing their job. It does not permanently change your genome or integrate with your DNA.
There is no evidence to suggest vaccines can make women infertile. It’s essential to keep in mind that vaccines do not contain the virus in any shape or form, live or inert. There also isn’t evidence to suggest that the vaccine poses a risk to women who are breastfeeding.
There aren’t tracking devices or microchips inside the vaccines. You might have seen this myth circulating the internet relating to conspiracies about secret societies and influential figures. There’s no reason to add tracking devices to the vaccines and doing so is impossible.
We still don’t know how long your immunity will last after fighting off the virus. This makes it very important to vaccinate even if you already had COVID. People who have recovered from the virus should seek booster shots 90 days after their infection.
The technology used to create these vaccines has been in the works for decades. Contrary to popular belief, the concept of mRNA vaccines is not new. We were able to get vaccines so fast because of the emergency conditions caused by the pandemic, leading to a surge in funding and mounting data from real cases because the virus is so widespread, and a unified response to sharing information about the virus.
Most people will experience mild side effects from the vaccine. This can include soreness, fatigue, fever, and joint pain. This is simply a sign that your body is building an immunity to the virus and does not indicate that the vaccine has adverse health effects.
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