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: Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
Myth: If you’ve had the vaccine you don’t need to wear a mask
Fact: It is not yet known whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus to other people. It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions.
Note: There is growing evidence that people who are vaccinated don’t spread Covid-19, but scientists are still trying to understand how long vaccine protection lasts. Refer to CDC Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.
Myth: I don’t need the vaccine because I’ve already had Covid
Fact: You should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with it.
Myth: You can get Covid-19 from the vaccine
Fact: None of the authorized and recommended vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
Myth: Coronavirus vaccines can change your DNA
Fact: COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.
- 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)