COVID-19 Vaccine: 3 Myths That Scientists Want You To Stop Believing
COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause infertility. This is a rumour that has done rounds for many different vaccines and there's no truth to the rumour. There's no vaccine that causes infertility, says Dr Katherine O'Brien, WHO.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and clinically tested
- It is a myth that COVID-19 vaccine can cause infertility
- It is a myth that the vaccine can alter DNA
- The vaccine has been clinically tested for safety in humans
There are a lot of rumours doing rounds regarding vaccines in COVID-19. Some of these rumours are even related to infertility. But, what is the truth or science behind these rumours? Explaining this Dr Katherine O'Brien, World Health Organization (WHO) Director of the Department of Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals, on WHO's Instagram. "The vaccines we give cannot cause infertility. This is a rumour that has done rounds for many different vaccines and there's no truth to the rumour. There's no vaccine that causes infertility," says Dr Brien in the video.
COVID-19 vaccine myths you must stop believing
Myth: Vaccines can alter one's DNA
Two vaccines, that are referred to as mRNA vaccines. mRNA is the instructions to the body to make a protein. Most vaccines are created by giving a protein or by giving a small component of the germ that we are trying to vaccinate against, she explains.
"This is a new approach, where instead of giving that tiny part, we give the instructions to our own bodies to make that tiny part. And the, our natural immune system responds to it," Dr Brien says while adding that there's no way that mRNA can change the DNA of human cells.
Myth: Components of the vaccine can be harmful
"The vaccines that we have are safe. All the components that go into the vaccines are heavily tested to be sure that everything that is in there, and the dose that they are given in, is safe for humans," explains Dr Brien.
The vaccines do contain a number of different elements and each of them is tested in animals, before they are tested humans. Clinical trials of the vaccine occurs in tens of thousands of people receiving the vaccine eventually before they're authorised for use in the general public. Safety is the most important part of these clinical trials.
In addition to that, the manufacturing of the vaccines has a constant oversight of quality so that every single ingredient that goes into the vaccine is assured to be of the highest quality and safe for use in humans.
At the point in time, it is important to focus on the facts and believe what has been proven by experts. Stay safe everyone!
(Dr Katherine O'Brien, WHO Director of the Department of Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals)
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