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.