As the Covid-19 vaccine continues to roll out around the country and world, you may find the following facts and resources about the vaccine helpful.
Myth: Covid-19 vaccines are unsafe because they were developed too fast
Fact: The coronavirus vaccines that are now being deployed have undergone strict and rigorous clinical trials involving thousands of human participants after initial animal trials.
Myth: If you’ve had the vaccine you don’t need to wear a mask
Fact: Even if you are immunized against Covid, you could still pass the virus on to others. We still don’t know how vaccinations affect onward transmission and until we do — and while many people remain unvaccinated — people are being urged to follow social-distancing guidelines, wear masks and wash hands to prevent possibly passing the virus on.
Myth: I don’t need the vaccine because I’ve already had Covid
Fact: While a previous coronavirus infection might provide people with antibodies against reinfection, experts are not yet sure how long this protection lasts. Preliminary results from a U.K-wide study of thousands of health workers found that people who had been infected with Covid were likely to have some form of immunity for at least five months. However, the data also suggested a small number of people with antibodies may still be able to carry and transmit the virus.
Myth: You can get Covid-19 from the vaccine
Fact: You can’t get Covid from the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna coronavirus vaccines because they do not contain live virus.
Myth: Coronavirus vaccines can change your DNA
Fact: The coronavirus vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna contain messenger RNA (or mRNA) which instruct our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. This builds immunity against the virus that causes Covid.
Myth: You should wait until you can choose the exact type of vaccine you’d like – Picking Moderna vaccine over Pfizer vaccine or vice versa.
Fact: They both act the same. It’s a myth that there is any significant difference between the two at this point or that people should wait for one over the other. Whatever you’re offered, you should get it.
Myth: Vaccines are used to microchip people. I can’t believe we are having this conversation, thank you social media for this conspiracy theory.
Fact: There are some claims that vaccines are or will be used to microchip people so they can be tracked or controlled through 5G cell phone towers. This is not only false but impossible. Evidence suggests that this conspiracy theory was spread by people seeking to sow disinformation and confusion among Americans.
- Vaccine Information Page
- Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers
- Finding Credible Vaccine Information
- World Health Organization
US Department of Health and Human Services
- Vaccine Information
- 8 Things to Know about US Vaccine Program
- Immunization Action Coalition Vaccine Basics
- FDA COVID-19 Vaccines
APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control)