Covid-19: Should I Get Vaccinated Or Not? Busting Myths & Ascertaining the Facts
Social Media these days is filled with posts from “god-knows-where” sources citing the “facts” on why you shouldn’t take the vaccine shots. For the past few months, there has been no shortage of misinformation circulating about the COVID-19 vaccine. Therefore, we at Medetuit, want to make sure that you are informed with the facts when making decisions about your health.
The vaccine can go “rogue” and infect you with COVID-19 virus
It is absolutely impossible to contract COVID-19 from taking the shot. For example, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are both synthetic. Neither vaccine contains any live virus. Those who get vaccinated may experience temporary side effects, such as mild fever, body pain, discomfort and swelling at the injection site, tiredness and headache—which are signs that it is doing its business in your body.
The present COVID-19 vaccination drive is a “trial project” on people
Another popular contradictory theory doing rounds on the internet is that the researchers rushed the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, so its effectiveness and safety cannot be trusted. The COVID-19 vaccine has had the benefit of over a decade of cutting-edge research & with development in biotechnology & medical science viz, A.I & Machine Learning, normal trial periods of years were not required and scientists were able to develop the vaccine in a matter of months with 100% efficiency. Some types of COVID-19 vaccines were created using messenger RNA (mRNA), which allows a faster approach than the traditional way that vaccines are made.
The COVID-19 vaccine causes fertility problems
The COVID-19 vaccine will not affect fertility whatsoever. Infact, the COVID-19 vaccine pushes the body to create copies of the spike protein found on the coronavirus’s surface. This empowers the body’s immune system to fight the virus that has that specific spike protein on it. Because COVID-19 mRNA vaccines aren't made from a live virus, scientists don't believe they can cause an increased risk of infertility, first or second trimester loss, stillbirth, or congenital anomalies.
Covid-19 vaccine shot enables immunity rightaways
This is not true. It takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. People can expect to be protected against COVID-19 about a week after the second vaccine shot. Even after your second shot and the prescribed period of immunity development, you’ll still have to wear a mask, maintain social distance & sanitize as always, unless suggested by your respective government authorities.
One shot of COVID-19 vaccine is enough
All the vaccines currently available require two shots to be effective. The Union ministry of health and family welfare, in its official Covid-19 related guidelines, states that an individual needs to take two doses of the vaccine, 28 days apart, to complete the vaccination schedule since protective levels of antibodies are generally developed two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Other future vaccines may be different, so it’s important to follow the recommendations for the vaccine you receive to ensure its full benefits.
There are tracking devices in the COVID-19 vaccine
There are no trackable ingredients in the vaccines. The vaccines contain mRNA/viral vectors/inactivated virus, which basically starts developing antibodies against the virus. It is naturally found in all of our cells. Neither the mRNA, nor the proteins it creates, contain a microchip or are traceable.