With the start of Coronavirus vaccines around the world, it is time to filter out some of those common health myths that are already being circulated.
First, let’s take a look at what the vaccines are and how they were developed so quickly, since it usually takes years to develop a vaccine and test its efficacy.
With a lot of federal funding and joint research efforts, several mRNA vaccines were developed by popular drug companies. An mRNA vaccine is administered in the upper arm muscle and once inside the body, gives instructions to cells to make a spike protein, the same protein found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
While there are some slight vaccine variations, they all have the spike protein development in common. Depending on the company, labs say the vaccines range in effectiveness from 64 percent to 95 percent one week after the second dose has been administered, which is between two and three weeks later.
They, like other labs, were able to develop the vaccine quickly for two main reasons. One, because the technology used has been in development for decades and two, the virus did not have to be grown in a lab, which accelerated the vaccine’s creation.
So let’s get down to debunking the top three Covid-19 vaccine myths out there today.
Can I get Covid from getting a vaccine?
Some people believe that they will get COVID from getting the vaccine. According to UChicago Medicine, it is not possible to get COVID-19 from the vaccine, nor will it produce a positive COVID-19 test result.
Once I get the vaccine, I am completely immune!
That too, is a common health myth. While the vaccine can help protect you, it does not make anyone immune to the virus. You could still catch the virus after being immunized, especially before your immune system has reached its full ability to fight the virus, which is reached approximately one week after the two-dose vaccine has been administered.
It is important to also remember that COVID-19 vaccines are not 100 percent effective, which means there is a chance you could still contract the virus and be contagious to others.
COVID-19 vaccines change my DNA
According to Gavi, the mRNA vaccines don’t carry the specialized enzymes that allow viruses (like HIV) to integrate their genetic material into the DNA of their hosts, meaning there is no risk of your DNA being altered.