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COVID-19 Vaccines: Myths and Rumors Unveiled

1. COVID-19 vaccines are not effective or safe due to their rapid development. Myth. All COVID-19 vaccines that are available are safe, effective, and recommended. 2. COVID-19 vaccines cause variants of the virus. Myth. COVID-19 vaccines do not cause variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. New variants of a virus appear because the virus is constantly changing through a natural process of mutation. Even before the COVID-19 vaccines, there were already several variants of the virus. 3. COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips. Myth. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips. Vaccines are developed to fight diseases and not to track people's movements. Vaccines stimulate the immune system to make antibodies. After getting vaccinated, people develop immunity to that disease. 4. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can make you magnetic. Myth. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients to produce an electromagnetic field. All COVID-19 vaccines are metal-free. 5. COVID-19 vaccines alter DNA. Myth. COVID-19 vaccines do not interact with or alter your DNA at any time. 6. Upon receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, the COVID-19 test will be positive. Myth. None of the licensed and recommended COVID-19 vaccines make you test positive for viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. If your body develops an immune response to the vaccine, you may test positive for some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate that you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. 7. If I am pregnant, I cannot get vaccinated against COVID-19. Myth. If you are pregnant, you can get the COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine is recommended for all people 12 years of age and older, including people who are breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or in the future. We, at Our Family Lifestyle, recommend talking to your healthcare provider about the COVID-19 vaccine. 8. I already had COVID-19; I don't need to get vaccinated. Myth. If you had COVID-19, you should get vaccinated because studies do not yet show how long you are protected against COVID-19 after recovering from the virus. Vaccination helps protect you even if you've already had COVID-19. Evidence indicates that people are better protected against COVID-19 by being fully vaccinated. 9. I am sick with COVID-19, I cannot get vaccinated. True. If you are sick, you should not get vaccinated. People with COVID-19 with or without symptoms should wait until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria to stop isolation before being vaccinated. This rule also applies to people who contract COVID-19 before receiving their second dose of vaccine. A person is fully vaccinated by meeting the recommended serial number for each vaccine. 10. I am fully vaccinated, I should no longer use the mask. True. However, certain conditions apply: • If you are in an area with a high number of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask. • If you have a weak immune system, you should continue to take all the precautions recommended for unvaccinated people. Or if you are caring for a family member with a weak immune system, consider wearing a mask. • If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection against the Delta variant and to avoid the possibility of spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public. As of November 2021, it is not known how long the protection of the COVID-19 vaccine lasts. Recent studies show that protection against the virus can decrease over time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that certain population groups receive a booster shot at least 6 months after completing their initial vaccination series. While the goal of this article is to convey usefully, verified, and up-to-date information about COVID-19, it should not replace a conversation with a healthcare professional or your GP. Before making any decisions, first, consult with your doctor. Remember, before considering vaccine information on the Internet, verify that the information comes from a reliable source and is updated regularly. For further information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the web pages of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.


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