Clearing Up COVID Concerns

April 15, 2021

Hannah Krohn
Staff Writer

Currently, there is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion about the various COVID-19 vaccines. Here are a few clarifications and facts.

Vaccine Misconceptions

  • You cannot get COVID-19 from the COVID-19 vaccine. The only way you can get a virus from a vaccine is if the vaccine is made with live or live attenuated virus. The COVID-19 vaccines are not made with live viruses or live attenuated virus.

  • The vaccines were not created too quickly, nor were they under-tested. Between the three vaccines approved in the United States, approximately 114,000 people participated in the clinical trials. Since then, millions of people have been vaccinated.

  • Early studies suggest that the natural immune response may be stronger from COVID-19 vaccines, training the immune system without getting ill.

Facts

  • The vaccine reaches its full effectiveness two weeks after receiving the vaccine or final dose of vaccine for most people. It might take longer for some people.

  • The vaccines might not be as effective for those with immune deficiencies.

  • None of the vaccines approved in the United States contain eggs or latex.

  • You should get vaccinated even if you had COVID-19.

  • All the vaccines are effective on all current variants of COVID-19.

  • You should still wear a mask, practice social distancing, and avoid crowds or poorly ventilated areas after getting vaccinated.

  • The vaccine does not make you immune to contracting COVID-19.

Why Get Vaccinated?
There are many reasons to get vaccinated, such as a higher chance of survival and a lower risk of severe symptoms if you get COVID-19. Here are some reasons why as much of the population as possible needs to get vaccinated:

 

  • If enough of the population is vaccinated, herd immunity is achieved. Herd immunity means that enough of the population is vaccinated that the risk of the virus being transmitted from person to person is minimal. This protects those who are not yet vaccinated, cannot be vaccinated, or are immunocompromised.

  • The more a virus spreads, the more new variants occur. Getting vaccinated greatly reduces the spread of COVID-19 even before herd immunity is achieved. This means less variants will arise, diminishing the  chance of a more deadly variant spreading that the vaccines are not as effective against.

For a full list of what you can do, and what you should continue doing, once fully vaccinated, see the CDC guidelines at cdc.gov/coronavirus.