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6 COVID Vaccine Fears You Shouldn't Worry About

6 COVID Vaccine Fears You Shouldn't Worry About

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine can be quite scary, but ask an expert, and they’ll tell you that it’s one of the best ways to protect yourself against the potentially fatal infection. What are the common fears about the COVID vaccine, and how can you overcome them? Find out here.

Fear #1 The vaccines were rushed

When news about vaccine roll-out first broke, many people raised their eyebrows. Left and right, we hear them ask: how did we develop the vaccines so quickly? Don’t they usually take years?

Well, they do; but having the COVID vaccine faster than usual doesn’t mean the scientists “skipped steps.”

Reports say we now have advantages we didn’t possess before. First among those advantages is the modern, faster tools we currently have. Secondly, there has been worldwide effort to make vaccine research, production, and distribution faster. And, of course, many people volunteered to participate in the studies. Scientists may have developed the vaccines faster than usual, but people can be assured that they were not rushed.

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Fear #2 I’m worried about the side effects

It’s quite natural to get concerned over the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines, especially after we received reports about severe allergic reactions and blood clotting incidences.

But as concerned as we are, experts stand by this: the benefits of getting vaccinated outweigh the risk.

Here’s why:

  • Side-effects like fever and body aches are not just expected, they are welcome. They indicate that our immune system is responding and that soon enough, we’ll be protected.
  • Allergic reactions are indeed possible, but the incidences are few and far between. If you have existing allergies to certain medications or foods, talk to your doctor, so they can advise you on the next steps.
  • Staying in the vaccination facility for 30 minutes after getting the shot also helps detect allergic reactions quickly.
  • According to experts, getting a certain vaccine does not increase your risk of developing blood clots.

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Fear #3 I might get COVID-19 from the vaccine itself

Another of the common fears about the COVID vaccine is getting the infection from it. Experts say you shouldn’t worry. None of the vaccines contain a live SARS-CoV2 virus that can cause an infection.

But if getting COVID from the vaccine is highly unlikely, how come some people test positive for the infection after they received their first dose?

Doctors say they might have contracted the infection from another infected person or a contaminated object.

You see, while vaccines significantly reduce the possibility of getting COVID, the risk is still there, especially if you’ve only had the first dose.

But the good news is, most vaccines are 100% effective against severe COVID-19 symptoms that require hospital confinement or the use of mechanical ventilation.

Fear #4 The vaccine might change my DNA

Discussing the common fears about the COVID vaccine will not be complete without talking about how they might change our DNA. This fear probably stems from vaccines that contain “mRNA,” which is essentially a genetic material containing instruction to fight the COVID infection.

People fear that the mRNA can enter the cell and make changes in our DNA found in the nucleus. If you’re worried about DNA changes, rest easy.

According to experts, while the mRNA enters the cell to do their job, they do not enter the nucleus and therefore cannot interact with our DNA.

Fear #5 I’m waiting for the “most effective” vaccine

Of course, the fear of not receiving the most effective vaccine is also there.

Presented with two vaccines, one with an efficacy rate of 50% and the other 90%, it’s natural for us to prefer the latter. But doctors remind us that while the efficacy rate is important, getting the vaccine as soon as possible is even more crucial. After all, most vaccines are effective in preventing severe COVID-19 that warrants hospitalization.

Efficacy rate refers to the reduction of disease in a clinical trial; effectiveness is how it performs in the real world. The bottom line is, a low efficacy rate doesn’t mean that it’s less effective in the real world.

Fear #6 Nothing changes after I get the vaccine

Common fears about the COVID vaccine include experiencing no change at all. People feel that they would be as hampered as they were before they didn’t have the vaccine yet, so why bother?

But according to CDC, a lot of things will change after being vaccinated. Not only will you be protected from severe COVID, but you can also start:

  • Gathering indoors with vaccinated people without a mask and physical distancing.
  • Gathering indoors with unvaccinated people without a mask and physical distancing provided they, and the people they live with, are not at risk of severe COVID.
  • Traveling without swab tests in some areas or countries.

common fears about the COVID vaccine

Bottom line

The COVID vaccine protects you from severe infection, so don’t let these common fears stop you from getting your shot once it’s available.

Learn more about Coronavirus here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

What Happens When You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-happens-when-you-get-the-covid-19-vaccine/
Accessed April 5, 2021

FAQS: VACCINES
https://doh.gov.ph/faqs/vaccines
Accessed April 5, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the COVID-19 Vaccines
https://www.pennmedicine.org/coronavirus/vaccine/vaccine-faqs#tab-1a
Accessed April 5, 2021

Not Sure About the COVID-19 Vaccine? Get the Facts, Then Decide
https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/wellness-prevention/not-sure-about-covid-19-vaccine-get-facts-then-decide
Accessed April 6, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Vs. Fiction: An Expert Weighs in on Common Fears
https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2021/01/419691/covid-19-vaccine-fact-vs-fiction-expert-weighs-common-fears
Accessed April 6, 2021

Why you shouldn’t worry about which COVID-19 vaccine you’ll get
https://www.novanthealth.org/healthy-headlines/why-you-shouldnt-worry-about-which-covid-19-vaccine-youll-get
Accessed April 6, 2021

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html#:~:text=We’re%20still%20learning%20how,places%20until%20we%20know%20more.
Accessed April 6, 2021

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. on Apr 20
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