6 myths about the COVID-19 vaccine discussed
Almost a year after COVID-19 was first seen in humans, vaccines to protect us from the virus are here. Scientists and researchers worked quickly and thoroughly to find effective, safe vaccines that could be given to the public in record time.
As supplies are initially limited, not everyone can receive the vaccine right now.
In the UK, the most vulnerable, and frontline healthcare workers who are caring for patients were among the first to be vaccinated. But once vaccines are available in widespread quantities—which could be by Spring 2021—a large percentage of the public can be vaccinated. That’s a critical piece of the puzzle to ensure COVID-19 will no longer be a pandemic that threatens the lives of so many people around the world.
Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation surrounding the vaccine and its development. When deciding whether to get the vaccine, it’s important to separate myths from facts. We spoke to our doctors to establish some of the facts.
1. The vaccine was rushed
False: Previous vaccines have taken longer to be developed due to long waits between funding, development and trials. These waiting periods were fast-tracked due to the overwhelming demand for a vaccine, meaning the vaccine was ready faster.
2. I can still get covid after the vaccine
True: The vaccine is comprised of two separate injections. You need both jabs (administered about 4 weeks apart) to be protected with results around 80-90% efficacy, meaning there is still a small risk of infection
3. It isn’t safe for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers
False: There is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine is dangerous to expectant or breastfeeding mothers, however there is yet to be mass studies surrounding this demographic and further tests are planned.
4. I don’t need the vaccine if I’ve already had Covid
False: While you may still be carrying antibodies, it is predicted that they don’t last beyond 4 or 5 months and then you will be susceptible to re-infection.
5. It won’t be available to me for a long time
True and False: There is a vaccine priority list starting with the elderly, NHS workers and very poorly patients first. Depending on your age, profession, health and level of vulnerability it could take over a year to be offered the vaccine.
6. I plan to get pregnant soon, the vaccine will effect my fertility
False: Again there is no evidence that the vaccine will have any impact on fertility and the health of babies in the future. The Government website has information about the vaccination for women of childbearing age
Even if you understand the scientific process, trust medical experts and know how important vaccines are for fighting infectious diseases, you might still have some questions or concerns about the new COVID-19 vaccines – especially with so many myths being send around over the internet and social media. It’s important to feel comfortable with every medical decision you make. So always book an appointment to speak to one of our team if you have any worries, or questions. We’re here no matter how big or small the issue might seem.