Fear #3: Is the COVID Vaccine safe? Some say I might get COVID-19 from the vaccine itself
Another of the common fear about the COVID vaccine is getting the infection from it. Experts say you shouldn’t worry. None of the available vaccines contain a live SARS-CoV2 virus that can cause an infection, , make you become a carrier, or make you test positive for COVID.
But if getting COVID from the vaccine is impossible, how come some people test positive for the infection after they received their first dose?
Doctors say they contracted the infection from another infected person or a contaminated object shortly before or after receiving the vaccine.
You see, your body needs time to build protection. (Usually two weeks after completing the recommended series) While vaccines significantly reduce the possibility of getting COVID, the risk is still there, especially if you have received just one 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: Is the COVID vaccine safe? I’m worried that 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.” This genetic material contains 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. This means they cannot interact with our DNA, making it impossible to alter our genes.
Fear #5: Is the COVID vaccine safe regardless of brand? 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, they are not comparable between brands. After all, most vaccines are similar in effectiveness in preventing severe COVID-19 that warrants hospitalization.