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Posts • August 18, 2021

COVID-19 Myths: What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines

There’s a LOT of bad information out there about the COVID-19 vaccines. 

With the Delta variant on the rise in our region, getting a grasp on the facts about the vaccines can help you protect yourself, your family and your community!  

Here, we provide some of the most important facts to know about the COVID-19 vaccines, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

1. The ingredients in COVID vaccines are tried and true.

The COVID vaccines are made of ingredients that scientists are very familiar with, and have been rigorously tested to guarantee their safety. The vaccines do not contain ingredients that can turn you magnetic, or produce any other extraordinary effects. Most people only experience injection site soreness and other mild side effects.

2. The vaccines do not contain live virus particles. 

Currently, mRNA (Pfizer, Moderna) and viral vector vaccines (J&J) are the only approved vaccine technologies for COVID-19 and none of these vaccines use live viruses. 

You may have heard the term “viral shedding,” which is used to describe the release or discharge of any of the vaccine components in or outside of the body. Vaccine shedding can only occur when a vaccine contains a weakened version of the virus. Because COVID-19 vaccines do not use live virus particles, no viral shedding occurs.

Learn more about mRNA and​ viral vector COVID-19 vaccines.

3. You can be confident the vaccines are not altering your DNA. 

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.

Learn more about mRNA and​ viral vector COVID-19 vaccines.

4. It’s safe for you to get vaccinated even if you are hoping to have a baby one day. 

If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you.

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.

5. You can still be tested for COVID-19 after being vaccinated. 

Some have expressed concern about testing after being vaccinated, worried they will return a negative result. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.​

If your body develops an immune response to vaccination, which is the goal, you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus.

Learn more about the possibility of COVID-19 illness after vaccination.

Now that you’ve gotten the truth on what can be expected from COVID-19 vaccines, don’t forget to share this page with your friends, family and network – having the right information can help save lives. 

If you are not yet vaccinated, find out where you can get your vaccine in St. Louis County here.