COVID-19 Vaccines: 5 Popular Myths Debunked

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It can be difficult to know which sources of information you can trust. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation surrounding the vaccines and their development. Before considering vaccine information on the Internet, check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis.

When deciding whether to get the vaccine, it’s important to separate myths from facts.
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Myth: Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can cause you to be magnetic.

Fact: COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of your injection.

No matter what you might have seen in online videos with people hanging spoons off their faces, that spoon is clinging to them simply because metal sticks to sweaty skin. In the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of ingredients for the three Covid vaccines given emergency use authorization in the United States, the agency specifically points out:

All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals such as iron, nickel, cobalt, lithium, rare earth alloys or any manufactured products such as microelectronics, electrodes, carbon nanotubes, or nanowire semiconductors.
Magnet.Dan-Cristian Pădureț/Unsplash

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines alter your DNA.

Fact: COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine uses a fragment of messenger RNA (mRNA) to instruct your body to make an immune response against COVID-19. But there is a crucial difference between mRNA and DNA. DNA makes up our genetic code, is larger, double stranded and very long. The mRNA is a single stranded copy of a small part of the DNA, which is often released to send instructions to other parts of the cell.
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Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine includes a tracking device.

Fact: There is not a vaccine with a tracking device embedded in it that exists in the world.

The false claim that the vaccine includes some sort of tracker, or nefarious microchip, has been an incredibly popular conspiracy theory embraced by New Age groups, anti-government organizations, and even mainstream audiences. It is fun to think about it, but what would be the use of tracking everyone?

Myth: Getting the COVID-19 vaccine means I can stop wearing my mask and taking coronavirus precautions.

Fact: On May 13, 2021, the CDC revised safety guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The updated guidelines state that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
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Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility in women.

Fact: There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta.

Misinformation on social media suggests the vaccine trains the body to attack syncytin-1, a protein in the placenta, which could lead to infertility in women. The truth is, there’s an amino acid sequence shared between the spike protein and a placental protein; however, experts say it’s too short to trigger an immune response and therefore doesn’t affect fertility.
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