As the pandemic continues and the speed of the vaccine roll out increases, we’ve uncovered the myths surrounding the Covid-19 vaccines, discussing the speed of development, the availability, side effects, how it was tested and more.
Myth 1: The Covid-19 vaccines have been developed too quickly
- All vaccines have met and passed the usual vaccine regulations, this was done by:
- Massive global funding
- Trials overlapped to speed up the process
- Production line started before approvals – a risk that paid off
- Thousands of volunteers for trials
- Data for each part was sent for review when ready
- Collaboration of the world’s best Scientists
Myth 2: Some of the vaccine types are brand new and we don’t know enough
- Each of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were approved for use in the UK and are all based on previous, successful vaccines.”
Myth 3: There are lots of dangerous side effects
- Every form of medication and vaccination carries a small risk of side effects. It is common for people to have side effects after any vaccination.
- The most common side effects of the covid-19 vaccine are a sore arm, raised temperature, headache and general aches and pains. These happen between 2-24 hours after the jab.
Myth 4: If a vaccine is developed from DNA it will affect my DNA
- Cancer Research Scientist, Victoria Foster wrote a Forbes medical paper to dispel this myth: “mRNA vaccines never go into the nucleus of the cell. The vaccine gives the cells the information to allow it to make a defence against the actual virus, if and when the body comes across it. The mRNA from the vaccine is destroyed by the cells after the instructions are ‘read’. mRNA is naturally made by the body, it encodes ” instructions for your body’s cell to make proteins.”
Myth 5: I can’t have the vaccine as they all contain animal products and this goes against my beliefs
- None of the vaccines used in the Covid-19 roll out contains any animal product. However, all medicines of any kind are tested on animals before they are tested on humans. This is required by the law.”
Myth 6: The vaccine hasn’t been around long enough to know if it will affect fertility
- Dr Edward Morris, President at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said: “There is no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would cause any impact on a woman’s fertility.”
Myth 7: I can’t have the vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding
- All Covid-19 vaccines are recommended to be taken during pregnancy after consultation, and a woman can be vaccinated while breastfeeding.
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