5 Myths that Persist about COVID-19 Vaccines

Grace Halsey

Truth: 67% of US unvaccinated adults believe or cannot judge the veracity of the 5 myths that follow. With more than half the population not fully vaccinated, there is more work to do.

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 39.5% of the US population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; 49.5% has received at least one dose.

The reasons for not getting vaccinated are many and varied. A recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that among those reasons are a number of myths that have been circulating for months and that continue to surface across social media.

The KFF analysis found that, overall, 67% of unvaccinated adults either believed or weren't sure about the truth of one of the 5 following longstanding myths.

Resources to help dispel vaccine myths

AMA: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: 10 tips for talking with patients

ACP: Getting patients to ‘yes' on COVID-19 vaccines

ACP: Addressing mistrust about COVID-19 vaccines among patients of color

CDC: COVID-19 Vaccination communication toolkit

de Beaumont: From concern to confidence: how physicians can build trust in COVID-19 vaccines