COVID-19 vaccine myths and misinformation have been spreading not just in the U.S., but all over the world. These myths and misinformation have contributed to the vaccine hesitancy among those who remain unvaccinated despite the COVID-19 vaccine rollouts worldwide.
Governments and health experts have repeatedly tried to debunk these myths with facts and statistics in order to encourage the unvaccinated to finally get their COVID-19 jabs. Still, vaccine misinformation has continued to spread and much of it has been blamed by U.S. President Joe Biden on social media.
Read on to find out what these COVID-19 myths are and how they have been debunked by experts.
COVID-19 Vaccine Myth: COVID Vaccines Can Cause Those Vaccinated to Test Positive on Viral Tests
A popular COVID-19 vaccine myth that has been going around is that it can apparently cause those vaccinated to test positive on viral tests.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) has debunked this rumor by saying that authorized COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on viral tests. Viral tests, as defined by the CDC, are tests that are done "to see if you have a current infection."
COVID-19 Vaccine Myth: Vaccines Cause Problems With Pregnancy
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Vaccine hesitancy among women, in particular, have been fueled in part by myths that COVID-19 vaccines have negative effects on pregnancy and menstrual cycles.
Experts have said that women trying to get pregnant now or in the future can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as there has been "no evidence" that the vaccine has any effect on pregnancy. Authorized vaccines also report no side effects on female or male fertility.
COVID-19 Vaccine Myth: Vaccines Will Alter Your DNA
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), it is not possible for COVID-19 vaccines to alter your DNA.
Per the CDC, the genetic material that mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver do not enter the cell nucleus, where DNA, or a person's genetic material, lives.
"The adenovirus platform uses DNA encoding the spike protein which does enter the nucleus. However, it does not alter the cell's DNA in any way," according to the AAFP.
COVID-19 Vaccine Myth: Vaccinated People Can Destroy the Bodies of the Unvaccinated
In what can arguably be called as one of the oddest COVID-19 vaccine myths ever shared, it has been claimed that vaccinated individuals can "destroy" the body of an unvaccinated person standing near them.
The claim has been made by DeAnna Lorraine during her guesting at The David Parkman Show. This is not the only version of this COVID-19 myth that exists as there are those who believe that being near a vaccinated person can alter a woman's menstrual cycle.
The CDC has already debunked the claim by saying it is not possible for it to happen.
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