March 8, 2021 | Written By: Nabil Nur Aiman Jasman
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people in various aspects of life. Due to this, a comprehensive study has been done to curb the spread of this pandemic which includes the invention of vaccines for this particular virus. Various pharmaceutical companies from all over the world are working hard, researching to find the best vaccine that can save the world and some of them have already shown promising results.
However, since the announcement of the study and production of the COVID-19 vaccine, there have been many rumors circulating that the vaccine is unsafe to use in the near future due to its rapid production and several other reasons that have successfully influenced public views and acceptance towards the vaccine. Follow this article to find out the truth and myth about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Myth 1: The Rapid Production Of This Vaccine Make It Unsafe
The production of the COVID-19 vaccine takes less than a year. This short period of time has caused many people to doubt its effectiveness and side effects.
The rapid production of the COVID-19 vaccine is due to several factors which includes:
Contributions from various organisations and individuals or companies to support scientists and pharmaceutical companies in the development of this vaccine. This large investment allows a lot of research being done at the same time as well as allowing them to use more advanced equipment to assist the research.
The vaccine study was also made based on the previous vaccine studies which allow faster production as they don’t have to start from zero. Many scientists also shared their knowledge and specialties in the vaccine production which allow its production to get speed up further..
The vaccine has undergone a strict evaluation by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and the process is the same as other previously produced vaccines and the vaccine also meets the standards set by the FDA. This protocol is a must for every vaccine and medication before they can be given to the population as a treatment to ensure that it is safe for use.
Myth 2: The Vaccine Can Alter The Human’s DNA
This is one of the main concerns of everyone who reads and follows the news of the development of COVID-19 vaccine production. Is this true?
There is one type of vaccine produced for COVId-19 contains messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) where the mRNA of the COVID-19 vaccine serves to instruct our body cells to make and build proteins in response to the vaccine that resembles a real disease. This will cause our body to have immunity to the COVID-19 virus.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), mRNA will not enter the nucleus of our cells where DNA is stored and it will not interact with DNA and will not directly alter anything in any form or way. Furthermore, the mRNA produced in response to the vaccine will be destroyed by immune cells which in turn will build antibodies specific to the virus.
Myth 3: COVID-19 Vaccine Contain Microchips
Some people believe that COVID-19 vaccine contains microchips or detectors. This is one of the hotly debated myths on the internet because they think this vaccine has an ability to track the whereabouts of an individual and monitor whatever they are doing. However, this is very unlikely to happen.
The spread of this myth surfaces after Bill Gates mentions implementing digital certificates as vaccine records. His idea was misinterpreted while the truth was that he was talking about a totally different technology. Therefore, you do not have to worry because the chip will not be inserted directly into the body of the individual receiving the vaccine. In addition, nano or microtechnology in this era still hasn't reached the capability to create devices or detectors that are so delicate to be injected with the vaccine into the human body. Therefore, this notion is again unreasonable.
Myth 4: Those Who Are Infected With COVID-19 Do Not Need The Vaccine
Many people believe that once they get infected with COVID-19 and recover, they would already have the antibodies against the virus, hence there’s no need for them to get the vaccine. Well, do they?
The vaccine can boost your body's immune system to fight the virus if you are exposed to the virus again in the future. Immunity gotten from the previous infection will be reduced over time, therefore getting an injection can help boost the immunity level. Vaccination is strongly encouraged for those who have been infected to curb this infection in our society and in turn protect you and your beloved.
Myth 5: The Vaccine Causes Infertility
People have been circulating this rumour in social media sites and the internet saying that the COVID-19 vaccine will attack one of the proteins that make up the placenta and cause infertility.
Some say that the spike proteins in the coronavirus resemble the proteins that made up the placenta. However, experts said that this is not true and the spike proteins on this coronavirus do not have any resemblance to the proteins in the placenta that will cause immune response in the said tissue or cause infertility.
Myth 6: COVID-19 Vaccine Is Harmful
Many believe that COVID-19 vaccine has major adverse side effects such as life-threatening allergic reactions.
Like every other drug, the vaccine has its own side effects. Based on data from the clinical trial, some individuals will experience common side effects of vaccination such as fever, pain at the injection site and body weakness. Although rare, there are some individuals who can have severe side effects such as an life threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) and this is highly likely because the person has allergies to some of the ingredients in the vaccine. Therefore individuals who are allergic to any ingredient used in this vaccine are advised not to get the injection. Please discuss with your doctor regarding your allergies and the safety before taking any vaccination or medication.
Myth 7: I Don’t Need To Wear A Face Mask & Practicing Physical Distancing Once I Get The Vaccine
Even if you have received the vaccine, you are strongly encouraged to continue practicing the new norms such as wearing face masks, keeping hands clean and maintaining physical distancing. This is because of the following reasons:
There are still individuals who have not received the vaccine, especially in the early stages of giving this vaccine to the public.
There are individuals who can not receive the vaccine because they are allergic to the substance used or having other health problems.
Individuals with weakened immune systems cannot receive this vaccine and they depend on those around them to prevent themselves from being infected with COVID-19
Finally, this COVID-19 vaccine has many advantages over its disadvantages and it is very important for all mankind because this pandemic has not yet shown signs that it will subside in the near future. So vaccines are one of the ways to prevent these viruses and diseases from spreading. Furthermore, the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) will import the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of February and it is hoped that it can bring new light in curbing the epidemic from spreading and protecting Malaysians regardless of gender and age.
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