Myth: Covid vaccines are unsafe because they have been fast-tracked into production.
Truth: Safe Covid vaccines have been produced quickly because of a global effort among experts.
Myth: I will be forced to take the vaccine.
Truth: You will not be forced to take the vaccine; it is a choice. But if you choose to take the vaccine you will be protecting both yourself and the vulnerable.
Myth: The vaccines are pointless unless everyone takes them.
Truth: If you are vaccinated you will be protected regardless of who else is vaccinated. But the more people who are vaccinated the better because this will protect vulnerable groups who can’t be vaccinated themselves.
Myth: The vaccine will contain a microchip that will track me for the rest of my life.
Truth: There is no truth in this. The vaccine will cause an immune response and then be cleared out of the body.
Myth: It’s better to be immunised by catching Covid.
Truth: We have no idea how long or how strong the immunity is from catching Covid. We have seen patients infected more than once. There is also a significant risk of death among older people who contract Covid-19.
Myth: Being vaccinated could make me infertile.
Truth: COVID-19 vaccines have no impact on your fertility. The myth was created based on the fact that there is overlap between a small number of components of the spike protein in the virus and in a placental protein. However, the overlap is too short to plausibly affect fertility. If the virus was related to fertility, COVID-19 should affect the outcome of pregnancies, which has not been observed.
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine contains a live version of the virus, so you can actually get infected from the virus.
Truth: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
Myth: I heard that getting vaccinated causes you to test positive for COVID-19.
Truth: COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on your COVID-19 test. If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility that you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate if you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus.
Myth: If you’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered, there’s no point getting vaccinated.
Truth: People who have got sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before.
Myth: There’s no point getting vaccinated if there’s still a chance that a vaccinated person can get COVID-19.
Truth: Getting vaccinated can help prevent getting sick with COVID-19. While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness, or they may even die. There is no way of knowing ahead of time how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications. COVID-19 vaccinations help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience the sickness itself.