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COVID-19 vaccine myths busted by experts
27 Jan' 21

COVID-19 vaccine myths busted by experts

 
The spread of myths and misinformation about medical issues isn’t something new. It’s been an on-going issue in the age of internet and social media.
 
We’ve decided to debunk some of the most common false information and myths about the COVID-19 vaccines that are frequently shared on social media and your WhatsApp groups:
 
Can people consume alcohol before or after being vaccinated?
There is no need to abstain from alcohol only because you have taken your shot of the vaccine. Alcohol will not by itself render the vaccine ineffective against the novel coronavirus infection. There have been no confirmed reports as yet of vaccine efficacy declining as a result of alcohol consumption
 
Can you get your vaccine during your periods?
Yes. The Government of India has busted the myth and said it is perfectly safe to take your Covid-19 vaccine jab during menstruation.
 
Does taking the vaccine lead to infertility or miscarriage?
There is no evidence that vaccines affect fertility or causes miscarriage at the moment.
 
Is there a relation between COVID vaccines and heart attacks?
There is no relation between COVID vaccines and heart attacks. There had been incidents of people having heart attacks in the period following their COVID vaccine but when it was investigated it was found that in a large population that gets vaccinated 
 
There will even naturally be certain people who will have incidents like heart attacks; this number was not much more than what was seen in the period before the vaccine.
 
I already got COVID once; why should I vaccinate now?
No, you should get vaccinated even though you had gotten COVID-19, because there is method to tell if reinfection of the COVID-19 virus will happen or not
 
The antibodies you developed during the COVID-19 infection are meant to help you fight off future infections brought on by the virus. Your vaccine gives a programme to your immune system that helps it recognise the virus when and if it enters the body and helps it fight it before it infects the body.
 
The vaccines have been developed so quickly; they must be unsafe.
The vaccines authorised by the Government of India are proven to be safe and effective. There was pressure on the scientists and research laboratories to find a vaccine and/or a cure fast. Thankfully, within a year of the pandemic, scientists have developed several vaccines in record time.
 
Worldwide collaboration, funding, and progress in science and technology helped shorten the timeframe on the development of vaccines.
 
I will get COVID-19 if I take a vaccine
None of the COVID-19 vaccines can give you the COVID-19 infection. None of these vaccines uses the live virus that causes COVID-19. The immunity-rousing process of the vaccine can cause symptoms, such as a fever. But experts warn that this is a normal sign that the body is building immunity to the virus.
 
Once I have the vaccine, I am free to discard all precautions against COVID-19.
A vaccine cannot give humankind 100 % protection. As the WHO says, no one is safe until everyone is safe and vaccinated. So you will have to follow the COVID-19
 
precautions irrespective if you got the vaccine or not. It is crucial that you follow the following steps:
  1. Observe social distancing norms.
  2. Continue to wear good quality masks.
  3. Avoid crowded places.
  4. Wash hands frequently.
  5. Not touch eyes, mouth, nose with unwashed hands.
  6. Use sanitiser and/or soap and water.
  7. If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms please get in touch with your healthcare provider.
 

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