Accurate vaccine information is critical now that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. Knowing which sources of information you can trust can be complex. You may have heard claims about the vaccines on social media or from family or friends. Or the rapid development and approval of these vaccines may have made you hesitant about their safety or effectiveness. The truth is, vaccines are the best chance we have of ending COVID-19. It’s time to set the record straight and get the facts behind 5 of the most common myths about COVID-19 vaccines.
Top 5 Myths Busted
Myth #1: The COVID-19 vaccine was rushed, so it can’t be safe.
Truth: The CDC said it best, “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). “
Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines will undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
Myth #2: It will alter your DNA.
Truth: Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to fight COVID-19. However, it never enters the nucleus of the cell, where we keep our DNA. The genetic material in the vaccines cannot affect or interact in any way with our DNA.
Myth #3: If you’ve already had COVID-19, you don’t need to get the vaccine.
Truth: There are severe health risks associated with COVID-19, and it is possible to get reinfected. Therefore, individuals may benefit from getting the vaccine.
Myth #4: The vaccine will deliver a microchip into your body.
Truth: This myth was started after a comment made by Bill Gates about vaccine registry and wasn’t even referring to a microchip. There is no vaccine microchip, and the vaccine will not gather any personal information or track people.
Myth #5: It affects fertility.
Truth: Currently, there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, and there is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.
The Truth is Out There
When researching the COVID-19 vaccines on the internet, check that the information comes from a credible source that is updated regularly. Millions of people have been affected by this virus, but together, we can help to end COVID-19. Arizona Clinical Trials offers FREE COVID-19 screenings and conducts research studies looking into potential new ways to treat and prevent it. To learn how you can get involved, call 480-360-4000, or visit our website.