Demystifying Community COVID-19 MYTHS
MYTH: I HAVE HAD COVID-19 ALREADY, SO I CANNOT BENEFIT FROM THE VACCINE.
We are not sure how long natural immunity lasts, and so the CDC recommends tat those have had COVID-19 still get the vaccine. Preliminary evidence shows that the vaccine offers better protection than having had the virus. Let us strengthen our community by encouraging all to accept the vaccine.
MYTH: WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS IN THE VACCINE. IT CAN CONTAIN MICROCHIPS OR TRACKING DEVICES.
This is untrue. The Vaccines manufacturers are required to declare their ingredients to regulators like SAHPRA, before the vaccine is approved for use.
MYTH: VACCINE WILL CHANGE YOUR DNA.
This is also untrue. The vaccines contain mRNA (a messenger RNA) which carries instructions from your DNA to your proteins. After the mRNA has performed its function. It is absorbed into the muscle cells and is broken down or degraded. There is no change to your DNA. Let’s us stand together and protect those around us who are vulnerable. By accepting the vaccine, we can protect ourselves, our families and community members to receive the vaccine.
MYTH: I CAN GET THE COVID-19 FROM THE VACCINE.
This is untrue. The vaccine cannot infect you with the virus causing COVID-19. None of the COVOD-19 vaccines anticipated for use in South Africa use a live virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies, which fight the virus when it enters your body. This immune system response may trigger mild side affects, but these are evidence of your system fighting. You can only test positive if you get infected (no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing infection).
MYTH: ONCE I GET THE VACCINE, I DO NOT NEED TO WEAR MASK OR TAKE PRECAUTIONS.
One you have been vaccinated, continue to observe all the necessary precautions. No vaccine is 100% effective. We need to continue taking precautions for ourselves and those around us.
MYTHS: IF I AM VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19, I DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE FLUE VACCINE.
Although symptoms are similar for COVID-19 and the flue, they are caused by different viruses. You can be vaccinated against both.