COVID-19 vaccines are promising to get COVID-19 under control. There have been over 323 million doses administered to over 153 million Americans. However, there are still plenty of people that are not getting vaccinated.
There are so many myths that swirl around about COVID-19 vaccines that discourage people from getting the vaccine. We debunk the top four COVID 19 vaccine myths to help provide some clarity.
I Already Had COVID. I Do Not Need a Vaccine
Many people believe if you had COVID you do not need to be vaccinated. The fact is, while you may have built some antibodies, no one knows how long those antibodies last, and they may not provide protection from new strains. Having COVID-19 one time does not mean you will not get it again. A vaccine can provide better protection.
A recent study at Duke University found that over 10,000 people were reinfected with COVID at least two times.
It Changes Your DNA
COVID-19 vaccines do not change your DNA. They provide your RNA with information to make a protein that does not allow COVID-19 to synthesize in your body. This protein blocker stops the COVID-19 virus from attaching to your cells.
It is Not Safe Because the Process Was Too Fast
This vaccine delivery method was a decade in the making, originally designed in the hopes of fighting off another deadly virus. The administrative process was sped up and safety was not sacrificed. All the necessary precautions were taken to develop a safe vaccine.
The Vaccine Infects You With COVID-19
None of the three approved vaccines contain a live virus. The vaccine does not make you sick. You may not feel well for a couple of days, but that is your immune system engaging, which is exactly what we want to happen.
Talk to your health care provider about what is fact and what is fiction, then roll up your sleeve and get vaccinated. Do it for yourself, your friends, your family, and the greater good. Learn the facts about COVID vaccines and do not rely on myths and rumors to make health decisions.