Every state in the US has its own eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 vaccine. While all adults in the country are eligible for the vaccine, there is still vaccine hesitancy among many people. That is it is necessary to bust myths circulating online and offline about the vaccine. Once people are more aware of the truth, they will not hesitate to be fully vaccinated.
So, without much ado, here are some of the myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine shot:
Myth 1: The ingredients in the vaccine are dangerous for people
Fact: Currently, the US has three FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines. These are Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. So, each vaccine has different ingredients but they do not contain harmful ingredients. Hence, you do not have to worry about the vaccines containing tissues, preservatives, metals, antibiotics, latex, food proteins, or medicines.
These vaccines are not dangerous; they have been formulated to help the body create an immune response to the COVID-19 virus and once that happens, the ingredients from the vaccines are naturally discarded by the body.
Myth 2: If I contract COVID-19, the natural immunity that I achieve is much better than the immunity I get from COVID-19 vaccines
Fact: When you get the COVID-19 vaccine, the immune response of your body is predictable and healthcare professionals will be able to take proactive steps to address it, especially if you get side effects. The majority of these effects subside on their own within a few days and are not a cause for concern.
If you opt not to get vaccinated after getting the infection, you could have natural immunity. However, the level of protection that you get will depend not just on the severity of the illness but also on your age and the time that has elapsed since the infection. Hence, it is best to get vaccinated and enjoy a high level of protection. A study has shown that people who get natural immunity are two times more likely to get reinfected than those who are fully vaccinated.
Myth 3: The COVID-19 vaccines are responsible for variants, like Delta and Omicron
Fact: This myth needs to be busted as it is one of the reasons for vaccine hesitancy. Contrary to the belief, vaccination can prevent the emergence of variants. The reason for variants is the natural mutation that the COVID-19 virus undergoes. As the infection spreads from person to person, the virus gets ample opportunities to mutate.
If people undergo mass vaccination, it will reduce the spread of COVID-19. When that happens, it will prevent the spread of the virus and as a result, it will not get an opportunity to mutate. That is why the CDC recommends that kids from the age of five and adults should get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
There are many such myths that are prevalent about COVID-19 vaccines. However, you can rest assured that there is no scientific basis for these myths. That is why companies and individuals should prioritize COVID-19 vaccination.
In fact, many companies are encouraging their staff to get vaccinated by offering a free COVID-19 vaccine. Defen95 provides mass vaccination and is collaborating with businesses and individuals so that the maximum number of people avail of the free vaccination program it is offering and minimize their risk of contracting COVID-19.