CULTURE HEALTH

COVID-19 – Myths Of The Vaccine

Unsurprisingly, the rumour mill has been in full force when it comes to such a widely spoken about the issue. COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and the vaccine has been met with plenty of scepticism. Over the last 12 months, rumours have spread like wild-fire, and we’re here to shut down any concerns you may have heard from your sisters’ friend of a friend. So, without further ado, we present to you the answers to be the biggest myths of the COVID-19 vaccine!

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I’ve heard people are having allergic reactions, will this happen to me? 

Most people who suffer from severe allergic reactions, and require the use of an EpiPen, have shown reactions to the Pfizer vaccine. Anyone who suffers from severe allergic reactions i.e. anaphylactic shock – are advised to take the AstraZeneca vaccine. Anything other than this is relatively safe in terms of reactions i.e. a rash. All vaccines have the potential to give a reaction which is why you have trained medical staff around you.  

I’ve already had COVID-19. Does this mean I’m immune? 

Absolutely not. You are unlikely to be protected long-term if you have already caught COVID previously. Your immunity doesn’t last longer than a few months, if not weeks. The vaccine will boost your immunity more than your own antibodies! 

I’ve heard the vaccine affects fertility in women. Is this true? 

No. When the vaccine was initially rolled out, we advised women wanting to become pregnant to avoid the vaccine and this is because the vaccine hasn’t been tested on pregnant women. We always take extreme caution with pregnant women with any new medication or vaccine. For those wanting to become pregnant in the future, you are safe to take the vaccine, and the vaccine is also safe to take for women who are breastfeeding. 

Find out more on the official NHS wesite linked below.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

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