Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan
Are YOU on the fence about the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Are you still on the fence about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine? The vaccines developed to fight COVID-19 have been shown to be both safe and highly effective at preventing the disease. You may have heard some inaccurate information about them. Aleda E. Lutz VAMC wants to set the record straight and help YOU “get off the fence” about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
MYTH: “You can get COVID-19 from receiving the vaccine.”
FACT: No, you cannot get COVID-19 from receiving the vaccine because the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus. mRNA vaccines help human cells make a protein that triggers an immune response.
▪ MYTH: “COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe because they were developed so quickly.”
FACT: No. COVID-19 vaccines were authorized under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). An EUA includes the same steps taken in full-term clinical trials—including testing the vaccine on thousands of human participants—only with a consolidated timeline. Multiple federal agencies have worked together to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
▪ MYTH: “Vaccines were not tested on minorities in the clinical trials.”
FACT: Fact: False. In clinical trials, each vaccine was tested and effective in diverse groups of people across all age, gender, racial and ethnic backgrounds. About 30% of U.S. participants were Hispanic, Black, Asian, or Native American, and about half were older adults. There were no significant safety concerns identified in these or any other group.