Myths and the COVID Vaccine
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By the end of April, two hundred million Americans may have received the COVID-nineteen vaccine. That's double President Biden's goal for his first one hundred days in office. That's great, but will enough Americans do it?
While most countries don't have enough vaccines yet to meet demand, some Americans are refusing it. Why? They may be vaccine hesitant because they don't trust the science. Conspiracy theories, spread by social media is holding them back. Politicians who disparage it to ingratiate themselves with voters are a big factor.
The Association of American Medical Colleges has published a list of common myths on COVID vaccines. The first is that they're dangerous. That's false. With millions of people vaccinated already, side effects are mild and similar to other vaccines. Extremely rare adverse reactions have been seen.
Another myth is that they don't work. That's false. Studies have already shown vaccines are not only keeping people from getting severely ill, they're as effective against mutant strains of the virus.
People also believe the vaccines don't prevent transmission so why get it? But new studies support it's highly effective at stopping transmission. Another myth is that you don't need the vaccine if you've already had the virus. Not true. Not everyone will retain a robust immunity and so the vaccine can fill in the gaps.
We need most adults to take the vaccines in order for us to reach herd immunity. So, let's get past these fears, take the shot and protect one another.
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