Covid-19 Vaccine Myths

Despite many efforts by the government, some people are still hesitant about the Covid vaccination. Today, I am going to talk about some Covid-19 vaccine myths and how they are misleading people, also what is the truth behind those myths. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also clarified many myths regarding the COVID-19 vaccines. Read on to know more!

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Some basic info on Covid-19 Vaccines

First we need to understand a few things about Covid vaccine including how it works and what are its side-effects , etc. Let’s get into these details.

How Covid Vaccines work?

When we take vaccine, cells in our immune system notice these changes and recognize the vaccine particles as foreign. So our immune system starts building a response to fight this change which includes the production of antibodies.

After that, whenever these antibodies made by your immune system come across the corona virus, they’ll recognize it from the cell memory and destroy it before it can make you ill. So after vaccination, your immune system will be ready to fight and neutralize the virus.

However, you should note that it typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for your immune system to build up antibodies. So, you could be exposed to virus right after getting the vaccine, so taking all the other precautionary measures will still be required.

What are the side effects of Covid Vaccines?

After taking the COVID-19 vaccine, many people may experience some mild side effects which include pain in injection site, fever, or nausea. However, these are only signs that the immune system is responding well to the vaccine.

As per many health experts and WHO, it’s quite normal to feel these mild symptoms after getting a vaccine. Despite being unpleasant, these are actually good signs as the process of building an immune response is starting in your body.

So if you feel any symptoms or side effects like pain at the injection site, fever, fatigue, muscle pain, chills or even diarrhoea, there is no need to worry. Just like any other vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines cause side effects, which are mild and go away within a few days on their own.

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Covid-19 Vaccine Myths and Facts

Now coming to the Covid Vaccine Myths. What are some common myths and what are the facts behind those, read on for further details.

1. Does COVID-19 vaccine make you magnetic?

Myth: Several posts doing rounds on social media claiming that COVID-19 vaccines are making people magnetic. Multiple people have posted their pictures on social media with some coins, spoons, etc on their bodies to claim that their bodies are ‘magnetic’.

Fact: Experts have dismissed these claimss.The Press Information Bureau of India has also issued a statement in a tweet that the COVID-19 vaccines are completely safe and can not make people magnetic.

Moreover, a Mangaluru based rationalist Narendra Nayak also refuted this claim explaining that the magnetism is not caused by vaccines. He told in a video that the objects shown by the people in the social media posts are sticking to their bodies only due to surface tension.

2. COVID-19 vaccines Deaths

Myth– There has been another myth about vaccines on social media regarding the deaths due to Covid Vaccine. Some reports claimed that 488 deaths are linked to Covid Vaccine between January 16, 2021, and June 7, 2021 after the complications.

Fact– The health ministry clarified that the number of deaths reported after vaccination is only 0.0002 per cent of 23.5 crore doses administered until now. On the other hand, the death rate for Corona positive patients is over 1 per cent and vaccination can prevent such deaths. Therefore, the risk of death post vaccination is negligible compared to the risk of death due to being COVID-19 positive.

3. Pre-registration is mandatory

Myth– There is another myth circulating regarding the vaccines that the online registration and prior slot booking is mandatory to take vaccination.

Fact– Health ministry states that pre-registration for vaccination is not mandatory. People aged 18 years or above can directly go to those vaccination centres where the on-site registration as well as vaccination in the same visit is available depending on slot availability.

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Apart from this, if we talk about rural areas, there are many modes of registration those areas too including Co-Win and health workers or ASHAs for on-site registration and assisted registrations through the 1075 national helpline.

4. Case of severe AEFI

Myth– There are some other reports that suggest an increase in the Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) cases which have even resulted in “succumbing of patients” after vaccination.

Fact– The ministry has clarified that these reports are based on an “incomplete and limited understanding of the matter”. The health ministry further says that it may be noted that the term “succumbed” implies causality and any death post vaccination cannot be assumed to be due to the vaccination unless investigated by the AEFO committees.

Vaccination is very important for preventing different types of infectious diseases like this Covid which has already caused a huge damage to the whole world. So if you’ve been vaccinated against a specific disease, you build immunity against it.

Who should avoid getting the vaccine?

Apart from the above Covid-19 Vaccine myths and facts, there are some exceptions who can avoid the vaccines until the further clarification for their situation. Some people who have had either a prior severe or immediate allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine, or a severe allergic reaction after taking the first dose of the vaccine, can avoid it, after consulting their health care provider.

As per Healthline, if you have any underlying health condition, you can still take the Covid vaccine in most of the cases. If you have doubts about the same, do speak with your healthcare provider first.

Now you know about Covid-19 vaccine myths and facts, you should also get vaccinated if you are eligible. Also, share this post with others to spread the awareness on Covid-19 Vaccines.

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