Steer Clear of These Myths About the COVID-19 Vaccine
Ever since the vaccination for COVID-19 has become available to the masses, there have been several myths floating around that are gnawing at the minds of individuals, making them second-guess getting pricked. Scientists have developed vaccines to help you combat the virus better by reducing the impact it has on the body and all individuals must get vaccinated to put a stop to the pandemic. Do not let information-deprived self-learners compel you into thinking otherwise. We’re here to bust some myths surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine so that you can make a well-informed decision!
Myth #1: I have already recovered from COVID-19, I don’t need to get vaccinated
Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 can get infected again. The antibodies you develop to combat the virus can help your body recognise the virus, but it cannot prevent you from getting infected again. The vaccine programs your immune system to fight the virus and prevent it from duplicating quickly before it can infect the body. You can, however, get infected after being vaccinated too, but the effect of the virus is significantly reduced.
Myth #2: Since the vaccines have been developed so quickly, they are not safe
COVID-19 vaccines may have been developed quickly, but clinical trials have been rigorous and examinations of the same haven’t been rushed. No corners have been cut in terms of safety, so you mustn’t worry about the efficacy or side-effects of the vaccine as it has been evaluated closely and the odds have been eliminated from the grassroots.
Myth #3: The COVID-19 vaccination has severe side effects
Taking the COVID-19 vaccination can have side effects, but these are short-term and not serious or dangerous. Side effects can include pain where injected, body aches, headaches or fever, but they do not last for more than a day or two. Having side effects like these are actually proof of your immune system being stimulated. Individuals with severe allergies or persisting side effects are advised to consult with their doctor.
Myth #4: Individuals with underlying conditions or suppressed immune systems should not get vaccinated
Individuals who suffer from underlying conditions like diabetes or heart diseases or those with weaker immune systems are at a higher risk for complications owing to COVID-19. These individuals, in fact, must get vaccinated to weaken the impact of the virus and protect their immune systems from overload. Consultation with relevant doctors is recommended to manage the effects of the vaccine with specific conditions.
Myth #5: Women cannot get vaccinated while menstruating, breastfeeding or expecting
Clinical trials and research has deduced that there have been no safety concerns identified for the vaccination of pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. Pregnancy, in fact, may pose a greater risk for the contraction of the virus, and hence vaccination against the same is recommended by several doctors. Consultation with a gynaecologist before getting vaccinated is recommended. Menstruating women can also safely get vaccinated, as menstruation has no effect on the immune system, neither does it reduce the efficacy of the vaccine.
It is important to remember that being vaccinated does not mean being immune to the virus, and hence, taking the necessary precautions is still mandatory and highly recommended for your own safety, as well as for those around you.