COVID-19 Vaccine Myth Busting
With over 176 million people fully vaccinated in the United States, the COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be very safe and effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, as well as hospitalization, severe illness and death from the virus.
Let’s bust some common vaccine myths:
Myth: VAERS is showing that people are having horrible reactions to the vaccine.
Fact: The COVID-19 vaccines are under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. The continual review of clinical information and medical records have shown that the majority of health problems occurring soon after vaccination have nothing to do with the vaccine.
Myth: I shouldn’t get vaccinated if I’ve already had COVID.
Fact: Evidence has shown getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you’ve had the virus helps provide you with added protection for your immune system. Talk to your provider about the timing of when to get vaccinated after infection.
Myth: The mRNA vaccines alter your DNA.
Fact: The mRNA vaccines cannot and do not interact or change your DNA in any way. An mRNA vaccine works by teaching our cells to make a harmless piece of the virus, such as the COVID-19 spike protein. Our immune system then recognizes that it does not belong there and responds to get rid of it, which triggers an immune response and antibody production.
Myth: We’re surging again so the vaccine must not be working.
Fact: All of the COVID-19 vaccines offer significant protection against the virus, especially in the case of hospitalizations, severe illness and death. Unvaccinated people are 17-times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than vaccinated persons.
Myth: The vaccine can mess with your fertility.
Fact: There is no evidence showing that any vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and other health resources at www.logan.org/covidvaccine.