Many people were relieved to receive vaccines as the initial step in controlling the spread of coronavirus after the multiple COVID-19 vaccines were authorized and distribution started.
However, unfortunately, there is a lot of false information and myths about the production of vaccines. Therefore, it’s important to distinguish facts from misconceptions while selecting whether or not to get the vaccination.
The most widespread myths about the COVID-19 vaccines are listed below.
COVID-19 Vaccines Were Created Too Quickly To Be Safe
The vaccines are secure and efficient. Despite being created quickly, they underwent the same thorough Food and Drug Administration testing as other vaccines and met all safety requirements.
The extraordinary level of global cooperation and funding is to be credited for the faster pace of vaccine development. Indeed, the clinical trials and regulatory reviews took roughly as long as those for other vaccines.
The COVID-19 vaccinations were developed swiftly for a variety of reasons. Here are a few:
- China quickly identified and disseminated genetic data on COVID-19 so that researchers could begin developing vaccinations.
- Government investments in vaccine development and upfront payment for vaccinations meant that vaccine initiatives had access to plenty of funding.
- Employers could discover and enlist study participants with the aid of social media, and many were eager to assist in COVID-19 vaccine research.
- To speed up production, a process that has been under development for years was used to generate the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
- It did not take long to determine whether the vaccination was effective for the study subjects who were immunized because COVID-19 was so widespread.
COVID-19 Vaccines Contain Dangerous Ingredients
Companies use different formulations for their vaccines; for instance, the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna contain messenger RNA (mRNA). Additionally, a harmless strain of a virus unassociated with the virus that causes COVID-19 is included in the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines.
Each of these various ingredients stimulates your body’s immune system in its unique way. This response boosts your resistance to COVID-19 infection. All vaccination components are discarded once the body mounts an immune response, as cells would do with any information they no longer require. This procedure is necessary for the body to operate normally.
The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any potentially dangerous components, including latex, metals, tissues (such as aborted fetal cells), antibiotics, food proteins, or additives.
COVID-19 Vaccines Impact Women’s Fertility
There was confusion when a false story appeared on social media, claiming that the spike protein on COVID-19 is similar to another spike protein known as syncytin-1, which is important in developing and attaching the placenta during pregnancy.
The false report claimed that having the COVID-19 vaccine would make a woman’s body fight this spike protein and damage her fertility.
The truth, however, is that the two spike proteins are entirely distinct, and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will not negatively affect a woman’s ability to conceive naturally or artificially, including via in vitro fertilization.
In the Pfizer vaccine trials, 23 of the study’s volunteer women participants became pregnant, and the one who miscarried had only received a placebo rather than the real vaccine.
Receiving COVID-19 can have potentially harmful effects on the mother’s health and the pregnancy. Therefore, women are urged to speak with their doctors about any further concerns regarding COVID-19 related to conception or pregnancy.
COVID-19 Vaccines Can Change My DNA
Our cells receive instructions from the messenger RNA (mRNA) and viral carrier COVID-19 vaccines to construct defenses against the coronavirus.
All vaccine components are discarded once the body mounts an immune response, as cells would do with any information they no longer require. This procedure is essential for the body to function normally.
The nucleus of your cells, where the DNA is stored, is never accessed by the genetic material provided by mRNA vaccinations. Instead, the genetic information in viral vector COVID-19 vaccines is delivered to the cell nucleus, enabling our cells to develop resistance to COVID-19. The vector virus cannot change human DNA because it lacks the tools necessary to incorporate its genetic material.
The Vaccines Are Unnecessary if You’ve Had Covid-19 Before
Immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines are more predictable than those to COVID-19 virus infection. Most people get a high degree of protection from COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine, and even those who have already had COVID-19 can benefit from additional protection.
According to one study, individuals who had COVID-19 are more than twice as likely to contract it once again if they choose not to get fully immunized following their recovery than those who do.
All the COVID-19 vaccines that are presently accessible work well to stop COVID-19. The measure of protection people receives from having COVID-19 may vary based on their disease, the length of time since their infection, and their age. Getting sick with COVID-19 can provide some protection from future illness, frequently referred to as “natural immunity.”
Additionally, vaccinating against COVID-19 is a safer strategy to increase immunity than becoming ill with COVID-19. Without having to become ill, the COVID-19 immunization helps to protect you by eliciting an immune response. However, it is impossible to anticipate who may experience mild or severe disease after contracting COVID-19, which can even cause death.
COVID-19 Vaccines Have Hidden Microchips
There are no hidden microchips present in COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines are not given to keep track of your movements; they are meant to fight disease.
Following comments about electronic vaccination records and a video viewed thousands of times on Facebook, misleading assertions were made about the goods produced by the syringe manufacturer Apiject Systems of America.
They held a contract with the government to supply medical-grade injectable tools for vaccines. An optional component of the company’s product, the syringe label, incorporates a microchip that enables healthcare professionals to verify the source of a vaccine dose. However, the individual receiving the vaccine is not given the chip directly.
Furthermore, electronic immunization records are state-mandated because they make it easier for patients and doctors to keep track of their vaccinations. The vaccines don’t have any electronic parts. Other medications frequently use mRNA, lipids (fat bubble), salts, and other stabilizing agents.
Vaccines encourage the production of antibodies by your immune system, just as it would if exposed to the disease. Therefore, you can develop disease immunity after vaccination without contracting it.
What are the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines?
Through the production of an antibody response, the COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you against coronavirus without requiring you to go through potentially serious illness or post-COVID problems.
Are unvaccinated individuals at higher risk of getting a COVID-19 reinfection?
Yes, unvaccinated individuals are at higher risk of getting a COVID-19 reinfection if they are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Can you get Covid-19 multiple times?
Yes, you can definitely get Covid-19 multiple times. The more the COVID-19 virus changes, the greater the possibility that your body will contract it again.
Is there an approved COVID-19 Omicron booster shot in Canada?
On September 1st, Health Canada approved Moderna’s bivalent booster, which targets the omicron BA. 1 variation.
Can you still test positive for COVID-19 after 14 days?
It is not common, but you can still test positive for COVID-19 even after 14 days.
Do I need to get the vaccine if I was previously infected with COVID-19?
Even if you were previously infected with COVID-19, the CDC advises you to be vaccinated since you can contract it again.