Don’t want to be guinea pigs, it was rushed, not around long enough, and it is too new. Want to wait a while and see what happens, it might not be safe?
Myth: The vaccine was rushed, so it’s probably not safe.
Our response: The simple answer to this is… the vaccine was not rushed. It went through the same rigorous development and trial process as all prior vaccines. To date more than 60 million Americans have been vaccinated and another 2 million+ are vaccinated each day with almost ZERO reported issues.
Fact: The United States Food and Drug Administration closely monitored research by Pfizer and Moderna as the two companies worked toward a vaccine. The research suggests both vaccines have very little, if any, side effects, and is approximately 95% effective.
Additionally, the FDA has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place to facilitate development and ensure the safety, effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 vaccines.
In addition, Beaumont Health established a Vaccine Review Subcommittee comprised of experts in Infection Prevention, Research, Nursing and Pharmacy that will review all available data and make a recommendation to the Vaccine Steering Committee about proceeding to offer vaccine to employees, physicians and the community. Beaumont is committed to ensuring any vaccine provided to employees and the community is deemed safe by our expert panel.
Worries about fertility issues and pregnancy planning?
Myth: The vaccine can cause fertility or pregnancy issues.
Our Response: The simple answer here is the vaccine is the virus and the virus is the vaccine. The only ingredients in the PFIZER vaccine are a small part of the virus, a couple lipids(also known as fats, to protect the virus protein piece) and sugar or salt water. If the virus doesn’t cause fertility issues, then the vaccine won’t cause fertility issues.
Fact: If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you.
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.
Like all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects now and will continue to study them for many years.
Just had COVID or already had COVID?
Myth: If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, I do not need the vaccine.
Our response: Because reinfection is possible and COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications, it’s recommended that people who have already had COVID-19 get a COVID-19 vaccine. If you’ve had COVID-19 , you might delay vaccination until 90 days after your diagnosis.
Fact: Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.
Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
The ‘ingredients’ may cause cancer, or they can’t find a cure for cancer but they made this?
Myth: There are unsafe chemicals in the vaccine.
Our response: The simple answer here is the vaccine is the virus and the virus is the vaccine. There is no concoction of ingredients. The only ingredients in the PFIZER vaccine are a small part of the virus, a couple lipids(fats), to protect the virus piece, and sugar or salt water.
Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine does not use dead or weakened strains of Coronavirus. mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real COVID-19 virus enters our bodies.
Not FDA approved?
Myth: The vaccine is not FDA approved.
Our response: They are FDA authorized for emergency use. 3 vaccines are now approved under the very common Emergency Use Authorization(EUA) process (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson). To date more than 60 million Americans have been vaccinated with virtually no issues and very minimal and mild side effects.
Fact: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must license (approve) a vaccine before it can be used in the United States. FDA regulations for the development of vaccines ensure their safety, purity, potency, and effectiveness. Before a vaccine is approved by FDA for use by the public, results of studies on safety and effectiveness of the vaccine are evaluated by highly trained FDA scientists and doctors. FDA also inspects the vaccine manufacturing sites to make sure they comply with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations.
It’s going to make me sick?
Myth: The vaccine will give you COVID-19.
Our response: There is a chance that a vaccine recipient could experience mild side effects. Commons side effects are soreness at the injection site (most common), slight fever or body aches, and some fatigue. These side effects have proven to be very mild and last only a short period of time.
Fact: No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
There are several different types of vaccines in development. All of them teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.