Myth#1: COVID vaccine will give you COVID
Given that a number of people have unfortunately contracted COVID-19 with the shot, many are beginning to doubt the efficacy. However, all is not true. The one thing we absolutely should know is that a COVID-19 vaccine is effective to an extent, but carries a 100% minimization rate for severity and mortality- both bad outcomes with COVID-19. The vaccines could also minimize the chances of symptomatic infections right now, and hence, there's no reason to doubt them. Doctors also want people to know that it's not the vaccine make, but the measures put in place which guarantees an extra mile of protection. Not only does high immunity kick in 14 days after you get your second jab, but it's also important that we keep wearing our masks, maintain distance and not be complacent with our behaviour, at least till the time a sizeable community is inoculated.
Myth#2: If you have had COVID-19, you don't need the vaccine
A bout with COVID-19 gives the body a certain level of natural immunity, which makes many, who have already been infected hesitant to get the jab. This would be a bad call to make. We have to understand that immunity with COVID-19 is a mixed bag right now. We do not know the extent to which it lasts, or for the ones who can have frail immunity. Getting a shot right now will provide enhanced protection over and above the natural immunity. Thus, even the ones who have gotten COVID-19 should willingly schedule their dose and safeguard their health. Getting the vaccine may also lessen down some long-COVID symptoms, so it's a good call to make.
Myth #3: Vaccines could give you blood clots right now
The recent discovery of blood clots in Denmark put the world in a tizzy and many, especially the elderly population worried about overtaking the dose. While the unfortunate side-effect has been taken into account, what we need to know right now is that the vaccines are largely safe for use. WHO does not account for blood clots as a possible side-effect right now as well. Similarly, those on blood thinners can also become hesitant to get the jab over the same fears. People with comorbidities should not fear getting the vaccine. Consult a doctor before getting the jab, if fears continue to disturb you.
Myth #4: COVID-19 vaccines will alter your DNA
The myths surrounding vaccines tampering with our genetic information, DNA have been circulating ever since mRNA vaccines were approved for use. Similar fears exist for traditional vaccines too. However, these theories should be done away with at once. Vaccines ONLY train the immune system to recognize and defeat the pathogen and do not have the ability to enter the nucleus of our cells, where genetic code is present.
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