Along with the relief and celebration that the Covid-19 vaccine brought with it, there continues to be skepticism and reluctance to take the vaccine. There have been many instances where people have refused to get vaccinated because of the various myths floating around — it’s not safe, there’s not enough research, it has severe long-term effects, and so on. However, these are just myths at the end of the day.
But don’t worry, we’re here to help with some fact-checking.
Myth: The vaccines aren’t safe as it was developed quickly. Hence, can’t be trusted.
Fact: The world has suffered through other pandemics before, but we have never been more equipped to deal with them than we are now. The technological and medical advancements have allowed the vaccines to be available this early. The companies have invested a large number of resources to develop these vaccines, and have followed all safety protocols of development and testing. The vaccines have been made available to the public after proper trials.
Myth: You should not take the vaccine when you’re on your period
Fact: This is one of the most popular myths in India, but there has been no data that backs this claim. No woman has reported a delay in their menstrual cycle due to the vaccine.
Myth: I don’t need to wear a mask if I get vaccinated
Fact: Since not everyone has been vaccinated yet, there is still a high Covid contraction risk. While the vaccine would prevent you from getting it, you could still carry and transmit the virus. It’s important to take all precautionary measures even after getting vaccinated.
Myth: I have already recovered from COVID-19, so I don’t need the vaccine
Fact: There is not enough information currently regarding how long a person remains protected from the virus after getting it. The immunity that someone gets from having the infection is called natural immunity, which may not last for long and is also different from person to person. There is evidence that you can still benefit from the vaccine even after you’ve already had Covid-19.
Myth: Vaccination may result in severe side effects or even death
Fact: There is no evidence to prove this statement. While you may develop symptoms like fever, headache, fatigue and body pain after getting the vaccine, they are more than likely to subside soon without any complications. However, you should check with your doctor if your symptoms last for more than two days.
Myth: Covid vaccine will make me infertile
Fact: There is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility. These are false claims that are not supported by any daya. The Union Health Minister of India has also reassured everyone that the vaccines will not result in infertility.
Myth: I will test positive for Covid-19 after I get the vaccine
Fact: You can’t get Covid-19 from the vaccine since it doesn’t contain the live virus.
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