Debunk the most common myths on COVID-19 vaccine

myths on COVID-19 vaccine

Since the advent of the global medical crisis, the news about the vaccine has been on fire across the sphere and now waiting for almost a year we finally got the news about its development but along with the news come... rumours!!

It is a well-known fact that it will take time to vaccinate billions around the globe. But the best part is the world's largest vaccination campaign has already begun in some countries whereas, in India, emergency use of two vaccines got an approval. However, with all this, there is heavy confusion and baseless rumours about the vaccine. Multiple kinds of questions are arising in people's minds and the worst is many people believe in this fake news without any proof.

It depends upon the people whether they want to get a vaccination or not, nonetheless before finalizing the decision misconceptions and myths circulating around should be cleared off. Study shows that maximum people are uncertain about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. It is okay to feel apprehensive since Coronavirus isn't a normal crisis but that doesn't mean that one should believe in rumours and spread it further. Get your facts clear and then make a rational decision.

5 Most common myths busted about COVID-19 vaccination

  • Myth - Since the vaccine developed so quickly, it is unsafe.
    Fact - According to reports, the covid-cases were started rising in 2019 itself, in 2020 it took a turn as a global pandemic, meaning scientists have one-year to develop and trial the vaccine. Even if it is developed in a record time, it went through the same rigorous process to ensure its effectiveness and safety. No steps were skipped, even the clinical trials and safety reviews took almost the same amount of time as other vaccines. So instead of believing this myth, we should be thankful to scientists who put consistent efforts to develop the vaccine.

  • Myth - Everyone suffers the allergic reaction after getting vaccinated.
    Fact - In the beginning, during the trials, some volunteers did report the side effects such as muscle pain, chills and headache and in extremely rare case few had severe allergic reactions. Due to this, experts suggest that people with strong allergic reactions to the chemicals of vaccines must consult with doctors but it doesn't mean that every person will be allergic to the vaccine. What you need to do is to get thorough information regarding the details of the vaccine in your country rather than believing in false indictments.

     

  • Myth - As I already got diagnosed with COVID-19, so I don't need to get the vaccination.
    Fact - At present, experts have no data regarding how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Getting vaccination will only improve your immunity that can still be beneficial. The severity of the infection depends upon one's immunity, which varies from person to person. The immunity someone gains from having an infection called natural immunity; it is not common in every person. Besides, some reports also claimed that natural immunity may not last long. Till now no one has claimed that if you got diagnosed with COVID-19, you don't need vaccination.

     

  • Myth - After getting a vaccine there is no need to wear masks or follow social distancing.
    Fact - Once the vaccines are approved to be safe and effective, scientists and experts will still need time to assess its efficacy and level of protection against the coronavirus. Even though the vaccine gives a sign of progress but still scientists do not have answers to all the questions. According to the available reports for vaccines can improve one's immunity but do not certainly protect against infection, meaning public health measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, contact-tracing and avoiding gatherings are still critical to protect ourselves from this virus for time being.

     

  • Myth - If I receive the vaccine, I will get infected by COVID-19.
    Fact - The vaccine has no traces of the live virus in the solution, so is it possible to get infected? There is no logic behind this myth since it is possible to test positive for the COVID-19 without having any traces of the virus in your respiratory system. Still, if you have confusion you can always contact the local authorities who will be responsible for managing this vaccination campaign and doctors.

Final thought
It depends upon you whether you want to get a vaccination or not but before making a decision get aware of the facts first. Moreover, make sure you won't end up spreading this rumours unconsciously, and for this also get your facts clear.

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