10 Basic Facts You Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic has been here long enough, and I bet we all cannot wait to get our lives back to normal again.

Don’t we all feel sick of covering our mouths and noses everywhere and breathing limited air all through the day? Don’t we just want to have our social lives back together, where we can meet up with friends, party, go to work, school, church, and other social gatherings without worry? Don’t we all want to wake up one day and hear no more news about the infections and deaths from the coronavirus pandemic?

Well, the only sure way out is by getting vaccinated, and more so, understanding the importance of these vaccines. 

Below are ten basic facts that everyone should know and understand before/or after getting the jab:

  1. They protect your body from future attacks by triggering an immune response. Vaccines are the inactivated forms of the coronavirus, which train your body’s immune system to fight in case of an attack. Therefore, getting vaccinated reduces your chances of developing the disease and suffering its severe consequences.
  1. They are safe: Even though some vaccinated people experience side effects such as headaches, body fatigue, fever, and muscle aches, these are just mild effects that last a few hours. These typical side effects can be relieved by taking pain relievers such as paracetamol. However, if the effects worsen in the next 24hours, consider calling your healthcare provider.
  1. They do not affect your DNA: The vaccines contain mRNA, which only triggers the production of antibodies but have no access to the cell nucleus (the place where your genetic material is stored).
  1. They do not alter your fertility: There is a lot of misinformation online that COVID-19 vaccines can cause infertility in women. However, there is neither scientific evidence nor tangible data to back these claims. So far, none of such cases has been reported.
  1. You still need a vaccination if you’ve had the infection. This is because there are still chances that you could be re-infected in the future, and the vaccine boosts your body’s ability to fight against future infection.
  1. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. This is because the vaccines do not contain the live virus, hence, cannot cause an infection to your body.
  1. Vaccines protect not only you but your family and community at large. When you are protected, your spouse, children, colleagues, neighbors, friends, and relatives also stand protected. 
  1. They do not contain a microchip. Many people believe that the COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips, which are injected into the body and used to track your personal information for malicious reasons. However, these are pure lies with no intellectual foundations.
  1. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need it: Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also get the vaccine to protect themselves and their infants/unborn children from severe infection.
  1. Vaccines bring back normalcy: Since discovering the coronavirus cure may take quite some time, vaccines are the only sure bet we have for getting our lives back to normal. If we all get vaccinated, we can have back our normal social and work lives without fear or worrying about our health.

Got it?

So, go ahead and stay safe by getting vaccinated to protect yourself and everyone around you today!

Reference Information:

World Health Organization (WHO) (2021). Covid-19 advice for the public: Getting vaccinated. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines/advice

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (DCD) (2021). Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

Johns Hopkins Medicine (2021). Covid-19 Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines-myth-versus-fact

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