MYTH – The COVID-19 vaccines contain dangerous ingredients
FACT: Almost all of the COVID-19 ingredients are also found in many other foods, such as fats, sugars, and salts.
Manufacturers may vary the exact ingredients of vaccines. Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines contain messenger RNA (mRNA). The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination contains a harmless virus not related to the virus that causes COVID-19. These instructions instruct your cells to produce an immune response. This helps prevent you from becoming sick with COVID-19 again. The body will discard all vaccine ingredients once it has produced an immune response. This is just like it would discard any information it doesn’t need. This is normal body function.
COVID-19 vaccines DO NOT contain preservatives, tissues, antibiotics, food protein, medicine, latex, or other metals.
MYTH – The natural immunity that I get from COVID-19 infection is superior to the COVID-19 vaccine.
FACT: A COVID-19 vaccine is safer than getting COVID-19-infected.
COVID-19 vaccination results in a more predictable immune response than infection with the COVID-19 virus. A COVID-19 vaccination provides high levels of protection to most people and additional protection to those who have already been infected with COVID-19. One study showed that people with COVID-19 are twice as likely to get it again if they don’t get vaccinated.
All COVID-19 vaccinations currently available in the United States are effective to prevent COVID-19. COVID-19 infection can provide some protection against future illnesses, sometimes called “natural immunity.” However, the level of protection people receive from COVID-19 vaccines may vary depending on their severity, age, and the time since they were infected.
A COVID-19 vaccine is safer than getting sick with COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine protects you by creating an immune response and you don’t have to get sick. You can also help protect others around you, especially those at higher risk of severe COVID-19-related illness. COVID-19 infection can lead to severe illness and death. We can’t predict who will get severe or mild illness. You can spread COVID-19 to other people if you become ill. After being infected with COVID-19, you can continue to experience long-term health problems.
MYTH: COVID-19 vaccines cause variants.
FACT: COVID-19 vaccines don’t create or cause variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines, however, can prevent new variants of the virus from emerging.
Because the virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly changing, new variants of it are possible. This happens because the virus’s natural mutation process (change) continues. The virus has more chances to evolve as it spreads. A high vaccination rate helps to reduce the spread of the virus. It also helps prevent the emergence of new variants. The CDC recommends that all people aged 5 and over get vaccinated as soon as possible.
MYTH: All adverse events reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, Anybody can report an event to VAERS, even though it’s not clear if a vaccine was involved. The VAERS data cannot be used to determine whether the adverse event reported was due to a COVID-19 vaccine.
There may be information in VAERS reports that is not complete, incorrect, coincidental, or verifiable. These adverse events are examined by vaccine safety experts who look for patterns or unusually high levels of health problems after individuals have received a specific vaccine.
Recent misinterpretation of the VAERS number of COVID-19-related deaths has led to misreporting. This is assuming that this number represents deaths due to vaccination. Not all adverse events, including deaths, reported to VAERS do not necessarily indicate that the vaccine is responsible for a health problem.
MYTH – The mRNA vaccine cannot be considered a vaccine.
FACT: vaccines such as Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech work in a different way than other types of vaccinations. However, they still activate an immune response within your body.
Although this type of vaccine is relatively new, research has been ongoing for many decades.
The mRNA vaccines don’t contain any live viruses. They teach our cells how to make harmless pieces of a spike protein, which is what causes COVID-19. Cells display the protein fragment on their surfaces after they have made it. The immune system recognizes the protein piece as foreign and reacts accordingly. The immune system responds to an infection by producing antibodies.
Many vaccines are made from mRNA vaccines. However, they protect against a small portion of the germs. This is how measles and flu vaccinations work. You make antibodies to protect yourself against infection if a small or weaker part of the virus is introduced into your body.
MYTH: COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips.
FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips. Vaccines are designed to protect against diseases and not track your movements.
Vaccines stimulate your immune system to make antibodies just like if it were exposed to the disease. You become immune to the disease after you have been vaccinated.
This post was written by a medical professional at The Wellness Firm. The Wellness Firm services include workplace flu clinics, flu vaccinations, onsite event Covid testing, physical exams for employment, as well as American Heart Association CPR certification classes. Founded by local Firemen, The Wellness Firm has been providing a safer Tampa Bay since 2006.