Desperate times call for desperate measures. Stakeholders globally came together to produce COVID-19 vaccines in record time. Every day, long lines are being processed and getting their first or second shots of either the Moderna, Pfizer or the Johnson & Johnson version.
However, 22% of Americans are not ready for a sample of the virus to be administered to their system, even with troubling variants of the virus circulating.
With multiple conspiracy theories concerning the various vaccines, it’s no wonder many are determined not to take the virus. Continue reading to learn what COVID-19 vaccine myths you shouldn’t fall for.
10. The Vaccine Will Make You Infertile
This troubling concern came about when someone observed that the COVID-19 spike protein looked like the protein in the human placenta. Two of the vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, target the spike protein, and this causes some to think that they’ll make you sterile by harming the placenta. That is simply not true.
Three different reproductive organizations gave a joint statement denying the assumption that the vaccines cause infertility. On the other side of the coin, getting COVID-19 when you’re pregnant could worsen your symptoms, says Dr. Edwards, a professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
9. The Vaccines Were Developed Too Quickly To Be Safe
This also is incorrect. Researchers took the same time and the same steps like they did any other trials. Because of the urgency, they overlapped and did overtime to ensure all the steps were meticulously executed and all safety requirements adhered to, says Dr. Edwards.
The clinical trials assured that no shortcuts were taken. It was possible to produce the vaccines faster because aspects of the development differed from the typical drug study.
Many people were getting sick with the virus that it didn’t take researchers long to recruit people for clinical trials to perfect the vaccines. Research funds were also available to advance the fast progress of the vaccines.
8. You Can Get COVID-19 From the Vaccine
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says none of the vaccines in use now or those under development contain live SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Further, the mRNA vaccines have no virus at all. Instead of using a dead or live virus, the messenger RNA sends instructions for the cells themselves to create spike protein. Most vaccines need this, and the protein cannot infect you.
Keep in mind that it takes some time for your immunity to build up after taking the vaccine, and you can contract the virus during that time. Be sure to get all the doses to be fully protected.
7. The Vaccine Side Effect Can Kill You
Some people develop side effects from the virus, but it’s nothing significant enough to kill you. The most common side effects are sore arm, dizziness, slight fever, headache and chills.
You should not be worried by this because it’s a sure sign that the vaccine is working and building your immunity against the virus. If you have any type of allergy, you should make it known to your doctor before taking the vaccine.
6. The Vaccines Contain Implant Tracking Devices
This one is bothering people globally! According to the CDC, however, the only thing the vaccine deposits into your body is the harmless substance to stimulate your immune response, which will get to work and protect you if you encounter COVID-19.
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines contain lipid to protect the mRNA and salt to balance the pH and sugar. The Johnson & Johnson variety contains the fanged virus, with compounds for stabilizing and other inactive ingredients.
5. The Vaccine Gives a Positive COVID-19 Test
The CDC assures that only the SARS-CoV-2 can turn up a positive test–not the vaccine. The two types of tests that will tell you if you have the coronavirus are the Nucleic acid amplification test and the antigen test.
The former look for genetics from the virus itself, while the latter looks for protein from the virus. There is a difference in antibody tests. They measure the antibodies, which are the compounds circulating in your body to protect you from infection.
4. Fetal Tissue Is In the Vaccine
Dr. Edwards denies that fetal tissue or fetal cells are in the vaccines. What may have led to this conspiracy is that Johnson & Johnson used fetal cell culture while developing the vaccine, but the vaccine has no fetal tissue or cells.
3. The Vaccine Will Change People’s DNA
Dr. Sostman explains that the myth might have derived from the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech having messenger RNA, a type – of genetic material. Only, it’s not the same as DNA.
Your DNA lives in the cell nucleus, where the RNA does not go. The DNA does all the work in the cytoplasm. Also, the instructions the mRNA brings to the cells are only a part of the SARS-Cov-2 and not the whole virus.
2. I’m Recovered From COVID-19 and Don’t Need the Vaccine
Scientists recommend that those recovered from the virus still get the vaccine. No one knows as yet how long immunity from the virus will last. It can take up to six months for most people. The thing to remember, though, is if you are sick, don’t take the vaccine. That will be asking your body to double up on fighting to stay well.
1. I Can Stop Wearing My Mask After Vaccination
You should still wear your mask. You don’t know if other vaccinated people are asymptomatic and could still pass on the virus to you. Recently the CDC updated their guidance to say a group of vaccinated persons can be together without masks indoors. Everybody else should continue to social distance and follow current safety protocols.