One of the most important challenges to ending the pandemic isn’t medical or logistical. It’s the misinformation around COVID-19 vaccine that’s to blame.
Vaccine demand is outpacing supply, but many people are either not deciding about getting the vaccine or are adamantly opposing to it. This is frequently due to erroneous knowledge about the vaccine or its side effects.
Many experts suggest that between 70% and 90% of the population needs to get vaccination to avoid the virus from spreading and achieve herd immunity, which happens when enough people are resistant to a disease to prevent it from spreading. So, if your grandmother is not willing to get her vaccination? Convince her to get one today!
Here are some fact-checks of some of the myths going around the COVID-19 vaccine-
Myth: Natural Immunity is better than vaccine-acquired immunity.
Vaccines activate the immune system to develop an immune response similar to that of a natural infection; however, they do not weaken or overburden the immune system. You would have a 1 in 500 risks of dying from the symptoms if you tried to acquire immunity to measles by contracting the disease. The number of people who have had serious allergic reactions to the measles vaccine, on the other hand, is less than one in a million.
Myth: Vaccinations cause the disease that they are meant to prevent.
Vaccines are designed to replicate the diseases they are designed to avoid. Antibody production can often result in a low fever or mild swelling, but not the diseases themselves.
Myth: The effectiveness of vaccination is not proved.
In the years after the widespread availability of a vaccine for vaccine-preventable disease, the number of cases decreases significantly.
For over 3,000 years, smallpox was one of the most dreaded diseases, killing hundreds of millions of people. Thanks to immunisation efforts, it has been eradicated to the fullest. Vaccination saves the lives of 20-30 million people around the world.
Myth: Vaccination causes Autism
There is no connection between any vaccine and autism. From a long span of time it is clear that autism is usually diagnosed before birth, long before any vaccines came to the world.
Myth: Even after getting Covid-19 Vaccine, you can get Covid.
There is no such thing as a 100% safe vaccine. Not everyone who gets vaccination develops immunity for personal reasons. The majority of regular childhood vaccinations are successful in 85 per cent to 95 per cent of people who receive them. However, 100% of children who have not get vaccinations are at risk of developing the disease, compared to 5-15% of those who have been.
Hope this article helped you to learn some more facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.
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