Myth: Getting vaccinated will affect my fertility.
Fact: There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that female or male fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines. (CDC)
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine will alter my DNA.
Fact: COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. (CDC)
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work. (CDC)
Myth: The development of the vaccine was rushed, and it’s not safe.
Fact: The technology used to create the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines was developed over 10 years ago during the SARS outbreak. The COVID-19 vaccines have gone through the required stages of clinical trials, and extensive testing and monitoring have shown that the vaccines are safe and effective. Due to great amounts of emergency funding, each step of the vaccine was able to be worked on simultaneously, allowing it to be produced faster. These vaccines continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.