COVID-19: Myths vs. facts

While mass vaccination is the only way to end the pandemic, many myths circulate about this scientific success. It’s important to know the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine, which began rolling out at Advocate Aurora sites this week for front line team members.

We must use science in our decisions regarding the vaccine, not misinformation spread on social media.

Since March, our team members have worked tirelessly to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Life looks different in nearly every aspect, and all of us want to return to normal. Finally, our way out of this is here – a vaccine.

Here’s what you should know about three common myths.

Myth #1: The vaccine will give me COVID-19.

Fact: It won’t. It is impossible to contract the virus from the vaccine, which is created using mRNA technology and not a live virus. mRNA is a piece of harmless genetic material that triggers the body to make the coronavirus spike protein.  Your body then recognizes this protein and makes antibodies which prevent you from getting sick from the virus. This technology simulates an actual infection without ever having been exposed to the virus.

It’s also important to note the vaccine contains few ingredients, and no preservatives. There is no mercury or heavy metals in the vaccine, and it is not derived from fetal cells.. The vaccine is safe. And while common side effects include a sore arm, low-grade fever and fatigue, that just shows your body is responding appropriately to the vaccine. The benefits to getting the vaccine far outweigh any risks.

Myth #2: Once I get the vaccine, I’m protected so I can stop taking precautions against the virus.

Fact: We need to continue to wear masks and social distance. Eventually, once enough people are vaccinated, we can start to return to normal, but for now we must continue to take precautions. In studies surrounding the approved vaccine  It is possible  those vaccinated could continue to spread the virus even if they don’t  get sick. It will also take time for enough people to be vaccinated in our communities in order to reduce transmission of the virus. We hope to learn more about this in time, but must continue to wear masks, social distance and wash our hands frequently.

Myth #3: The vaccine has a microchip that will be used to track me or will alter my DNA.

Fact: This is false. There is a big disinformation campaign circulating on social media that is not based in science. While we strongly encourage use of the vaccine, we want to make sure that people who decline the vaccine are using accurate information to help them make that decision.  We urge people to get their vaccine information only from reputable sources. Advocate Aurora Health will continue to push out information from these sources to help keep you informed.

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