Breaking Down COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

Myth: The vaccination is not safe because it was developed so quickly.
Fact: Because of the worldwide impact from COVID-19, many pharmaceutical companies invested countless resources to ensure the vaccine was made quicker than the average vaccine development stage (10 years). The virus’s molecular structure was studied carefully to ensure the Pfizer vaccine was made from a cell-free process without preservatives. The Pfizer vaccine was studied in approximately 43,000 people over a period of two months. The vaccine will continue to be monitored by the CDC and the FDA.
Myth: If I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered, I don’t need to get the vaccine.
Fact: As of right now, there’s been no research to support or deny this claim. Natural immunity that people develop from other common illnesses should not be correlated with COVID-19 as scientists have not yet researched enough about the virus. However, if one decides to get the vaccine, they’ll be protected for certain. Those currently experiencing symptoms should not get vaccinated till after they’ve recovered.
Myth: The Pfizer vaccine comes with severe side effects.
Fact: It’s true in some cases, patients have received side effects; however, none are considered severe and are short-lasting. Headaches, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, and fever lasting approximately one to two days have been reported. Signs of these symptoms mean your immune system is responding to the vaccine, which is normal.
Myth: After I get vaccinated, I won’t have to wear a mask.
Fact: There’s not enough research right now to either support or deny this claim. Because of this, it’s safer to continue wearing a mask in the chance one can still spread the virus.
Myth: The vaccine will cause infertility or miscarriages.
Fact: In no patient study or case has there been one with infertility or a miscarriage. Some may have seen this online claiming the vaccine binds to placental proteins preventing pregnancy. These claims are believed to have been published by anti-vaccine viewers. Women who have gotten COVID-19 while pregnant and have received the vaccine have not received any higher rating of miscarriages than those who didn’t receive the vaccine.
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