A COVID Quiz for Anti-Vaxxers and Hesitators
A lot of misinformation has been circulating about the COVID-19 vaccine. The following quiz from the American Patient Rights Association provides responses to some of the most common objections of anti-vaxxers and hesitators.
O. COVID is mostly made up or exaggerated by the media. R. According to Johns Hopkins, experts in public health, there have been more than 32 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and more than 580,000 people have died from it.
O. Only OLDER people or those with a PRE-EXISTING CONDITION get COVID or die from it. R. Anyone who has not been vaccinated can get the virus, transit it to others, and die. Seniors and people with serious underlying medical conditions may be more susceptible but a 2 month old baby has also died from it.
O. The COVID vaccine can give you COVID. R. COVID vaccines don’t contain any live virus so they can’t give you COVID.
O. The vaccine was developed too quickly, hasn’t been properly tested, and isn’t safe. R. Scientists were able to produce a vaccine quickly because it was a worldwide effort. Coronaviruses have been studied for fifty years and pre-existing technology developed over ten years was used to develop a number of different vaccines. Those that were not effective or not safe were abandoned. All COVID vaccines now available have had unprecedented safety monitoring. Over 268 million doses have been given in the U.S. and more than 122 million people have been fully vaccinated, according to Oxford University.
O. The vaccine can cause infertility or make you sterile. R. It’s not possible for any COVID vaccine to alter your DNA, which would be needed to cause infertility or make you sterile.
O. The vaccine can kill a pregnant woman or her unborn child. R. According to the CDC there’s no evidence that any COVID vaccine causes problems with pregnancy. Thousands of pregnant women have gotten the vaccine and are fine. If an unvaccinated woman gets pregnant and then gets COVID there is a greater risk of death or severe illness.
O. The vaccine isn’t effective. R. No vaccine, even the flu vaccine, is 100% effective but COVID vaccines have proven to be some of the most effective ever developed.
O. The vaccine causes serious side effects. R. The main side effects of any of the COVID vaccines are temporary aches and pains as the immune system revs up to fight off the virus. Not everyone will have these side effects. Some will only have a sore arm for a day or so and maybe a slight fever. None of the side effects compare to possibly losing your life or infecting someone else who does.
O. I’ve already had COVID so I don’t need the vaccine and I shouldn’t get it. R. If you’ve had COVID your natural immunity will probably not last as long as the immunity you get from the vaccine. Since there’s no way of knowing if you have any natural protection it’s important to get vaccinated. It won’t harm you if you have had COVID.
O. The vaccine is just a way for Bill Gates to put a microchip in me. R. The COVID vaccine does not contain any microchips.
Getting vaccinated can help everyone return to a normal life. Do. It. Now.
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