Thinking about whether you should take the COVID-19 vaccine? Are people dying because of the vaccine? Will the vaccine be effective against the new variants of the novel coronavirus? Let’s bust some common myths about the COVID-19 vaccine and serve you with the precise facts. By knowing the facts, you will figure out yourself whether or not to take the vaccine.
MYTH #1: Vaccines are not effective against the new variants
By far, the COVID-19 vaccines have proved effective against all the new strains that have emerged. A new strain of the COVID-19 virus (SARS CoV-2) may show up in the future that requires a distinct version of the vaccine. But you can’t wait for that long and put your and your loved ones’ life at stake by not getting the vaccine. So, it’s best to protect yourself with the best possible solution available now.
It’s safer to get vaccinated and take all the precautions than not to get vaccinated at all.
MYTH #2: Several people around the world have died because they took the COVID-19 vaccine
There’s a common myth among people that several people across the world have died because of taking the COVID-19 vaccine. But the fact is that there has not been a single case suggesting the death of a person due to the vaccine.
The patients who actually died were elderly or those suffering from other serious ailments. There’s no evidence to support that the COVID-19 vaccine caused their death.
MYTH #3: You are not harming anyone by not taking the vaccine
If you don’t get the COVID-19 vaccine, you are actually contributing to the virus transmission and infecting others. However, it is not unethical not to get the vaccine; if you don’t wish to get one, that’s completely your choice. But kindly weigh the benefits and risks of getting the vaccine before you make the decision.
Not only the vaccine-acquired immunity will prevent you from getting sick from the disease, but it also will prevent you from making others sick.
MYTH #4: If you have survived COVID-19, you’re immune to the COVID-19 virus
No matter whether you had COVID-19 or not, you should get vaccinated. If you had been infected with the COVID-19 virus, your body would have produced antibodies against the virus, but those antibodies don’t offer long-term protection. They get neutralized within the body pretty fast, which makes reinfection possible.
Please don’t consider yourself safe just because you have COVID-19 before. If you realize that you need a vaccine, get vaccinated no matter what!
MYTH #5: If you are on blood thinners, you should avoid taking the COVID-19 vaccine
If you have read somewhere that the COVID-19 vaccines may not be suitable for those on blood thinners, hold on. There’s no contradiction yet found in the vaccine for people taking blood thinners or anticoagulants. The only precaution to consider is that the injection site has to be pressured for an extended period of time.
Share your complete health records with your doctor to determine whether it would be safe for you to get vaccinated.
When Should You Not Take The COVID-19 Vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine may not be suitable for you if you have:
- If you are younger than 18 years; as small children were not included in the clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines.
- If you’re pregnant or lactating women because the safety of the vaccines for these populations is not yet known.
- If you currently have COVID-19 or are extremely sick.
- If you’re above the age of 80 years and have certain pre-existing conditions.
There have been various fake news circulating about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Make sure you do the fact-check before believing in any of them.