We compiled the top trending Myths about the COVID-19 vaccine in wide circulation and added the Facts to help you educate your patients.
The December 2020 FDA emergency use authorization granted for 2 vaccines against the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) disease has been met with hope, excitement, skepticism, and distrust. Some of your patients may be eager for the shot in the arm, others may be implacably opposed, and a middle group will require reassurance and some counseling from you.
Unfortunately, all of your patients will have been exposed to some degree of misinformation about the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, eg, about their development, testing, manufacturing, side effects, and efficacy, to name a few topics.
To help keep you current on the type of misleading statements in circulation and to counter them accurately, Patient Care Online® assembled a set of Myths and Facts drawn from government and other authoritative online sources.
Following is part 1 of our 2-part slide show.
Patient Care looked at the web sites of reputable sources of COVID-19 disease and vaccine information, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic, and assembled first the myths common to them all and then the different ones.
Fact: The COVID-19 crisis situation warranted an emergency response but that does not mean that companies bypassed safety protocols or didn't perform adequate testing in developing vaccines.
FACT. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines now in development in the US contain the live COVID-19 virus. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
FACT. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with human DNA in any way. The mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, where DNA is housed, so cannot affect it.
FACT. None of the authorized vaccines or those in clinical trials contain egg nor are eggs used in development or production.
FACT. As with many vaccines, there are short-term mild or moderate vaccine reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine that resolve without complication or injury.
FACT. Vaccination against COVID-19 is extremely important for people with underlying health problems like diabetes, heart or lung disease, or obesity; they are more likely to get much sicker if infected.
Myth #7. The COVID-19 vaccine was developed to control the general population either through microchip tracking or "nanotransducers" in our brains.
FACT. There is no vaccine microchip, and the vaccine will not track people or gather personal information into a database. This is a falsehood being circulated online and linked to an unrelated comment made by Bill Gates.
Myth #8. More people will die of a negative vaccine side effect than from infection from the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus.