Uncovering Four Myths About COVID 19 Vaccines


As there are authorized and recommended COVID 19 vaccines in the country, having accurate information about the vaccine is important as it can help stop myths and rumors about the same. You can have yourself vaccinated from any affordable health clinic or low-income clinics in your area. Here we will try to uncover some worries and myths about the vaccine.


Can COVID 19 Vaccines Alter My DNA? 

COVID 19 vaccines will never interact with human DNA and therefore, will not change the same in any way. The country has authorized the use of two varieties of COVID 19 vaccines. These are the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and the viral vector vaccine. Both these vaccines provide genetic material to the cells of our body to build protection against the COVID 19 virus. However, the genetic material from the vaccine will not enter the nucleus of our cells where the DNA is present, and so the genetic material from the vaccine cannot interact with our DNA.


Does COVID 19 Vaccine Pose Any Threat On Pregnant Women? 

All those women who are presently pregnant or are trying to conceive can safely get the COVID 19 vaccine when it is available. There is no substantial proof that confirms that the vaccine causes issues with pregnancy. Besides, there is no evidence that the vaccine leads to fertility issues. Like all the other vaccines, scientists are studying the COVID 19 vaccines for side effects and these studies will be continued for many years.


After Being Vaccinated, Will I Be Tested Positive For COVID?

None of the recommended and authorized vaccines for COVID 19 will result in you testing positive on the viral tests that are used to determine if you are currently infected with COVID. The goal of the vaccination is to make your body develop an immune response and if it is developed, you might test positive on some antibody tests, that show that you had COVID 19 infection.


Will I Be Sick With COVID After Vaccination? 

None of the COVID 19 vaccines in use or are currently being developed in the country has the live virus that can result in COVID 19 infection. Therefore, no COVID 19 vaccine can make you sick with COVID. These vaccines are intended at teaching the immune system in our body how to identify and fight the COVID 19 virus. It can take some weeks for the body to become immune to the virus after the COVID 19 vaccination.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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