FACT: People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 will still benefit from getting vaccinated. It’s true that having COVID-19 gives you “natural immunity” but this can fade over time, and it is possible to get COVID-19 again. Your immune system will mount a stronger defense against the coronavirus if you get vaccinated than it did from your past infection.
FACT: The vaccine was able to be developed faster than usual due to a couple of factors: Scientists and vaccine makers had already been working for years to develop a “platform” approach to making vaccines against new viruses. Think of it like a drill that can accept different sizes of drill bits, or a food processor that can use different kinds of blades. Also, vaccine technology is not new. For example, the mRNA technology behind the new coronavirus vaccines has been in development for almost two decades. Vaccine makers created the technology to help them respond quickly to a new pandemic illness, such as COVID-19.
FACT: Individuals who get the COVID-19 vaccination still need to practice infection prevention precautions. Keep your mask on, and continue staying at least 6 feet from people outside your household, until further notice. Vaccines do not stop the coronavirus from entering your body; they only prevent you from developing moderate to severe COVID-19. It’s not yet clear if people vaccinated for COVID-19 can still carry and transmit the virus, even when they themselves don’t get sick.
FACT: The vaccine for COVID-19 cannot and will not give you COVID-19. The two authorized mRNA vaccines instruct your cells to reproduce a protein that is part of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which helps your body recognize and fight the virus, if it comes along. The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the SARS-Co-2 virus, so you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The protein that helps your immune system recognize and fight the virus does not cause infection of any sort.
FACT: The COVID-19 vaccines available to us are designed to help your body’s immune system fight the coronavirus. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines contain a specific kind of genetic material called mRNA. The mRNA in the vaccines doesn’t need to go into the nucleus of a cell, where DNA is stored, in order to accomplish its mission of teaching the immune system how to recognize and fight coronavirus. The other kind of vaccines, including the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, deliver just enough genetic information into the body to tell our cells how to make a protein found on the surface of the coronavirus. This then triggers the immune system to prepare to react to and kill the coronavirus if an infection occurs. The genetic instructions in the vaccine does not become part of our DNA.
FACT: The first two COVID-19 vaccines to be authorized by the FDA contain mRNA and other, normal vaccine ingredients, such as fats (which protect the mRNA), salts, as well as a small amount of sugar. The other vaccines contain weakened or inactive forms of “common cold” viruses, called adenoviruses, and substances commonly found in many vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain a live or whole coronavirus, microchips, tracer technology, fetal tissue, stem cells, mercury, aluminum, luciferase, latex, the Mark of the Beast, pork products or preservatives
FACT: COVID-19 can spread in hot a humid climates. It is still recommended that you stick to social distancing protocols and always remember to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
FACT: There’s no evidence for either of these claims. But there is an urgent need to protect pregnant women from COVID-19, including through vaccination, because we now know they face a high risk of getting seriously ill if they catch the coronavirus. The virus also increases their risk of miscarriage or stillbirth. People who are currently pregnant, want to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, can talk with their physician or nurse practitioner if they are not sure about getting vaccinated.
FACT: The coronavirus is changing. But vaccines are designed to help the body recognize it based on multiple parts of the virus. So far, COVID-19 vaccine makers say that the new mutations seen in the novel coronavirus have not “outsmarted” the vaccines, though a booster shot may be required in the future.