COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Debunked – Part 2
Physicians report hearing all sorts of excuses from their patients who don’t want to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Continuing our special series, In part two of our special series, we help separate fact from fiction when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine.
You can catch COVID-19 from the COVID-19 Vaccine.
“It is extremely important to understand that you cannot catch COVID from getting the vaccine,” clarifies Millennium Physician Group Chief Medical Officer Alejandro Perez-Trepichio. “Very simply, what is in the vaccine is just a portion of the proteins that belong to the surface of the antigen of the virus. So, this is not a complete virus that you’re being given.”
The vaccine isn’t safe because it’s not FDA approved.
“One of the other important aspects is FDA-approved versus emergency use,” says Dr. Perez-Trepichio. “We have to make a distinction that emergency use is a significant level of confidence and has gone through an arduous process of checking. It’s not just that all of a sudden, it was not scientifically evaluated and was put into people’s arms.
And the other important aspect is that millions and millions and millions, like 170 million vaccinations, that have been achieved roughly in the United States.”
I’m fully vaccinated so I don’t have to wear a mask.
“With the delta variant, we know of people being vaccinated and capable of transmitting COVID,” says Dr. Perez-Trepichio. “So that is why the mask mandates or the mask recommendations are so important to maintain in different environments. So in a close environment where there is no good ventilation and things like that, then masks make a lot of sense.”
The Pandemic won’t end soon.
“When will it end? I think that will be very much depending on the velocity that we attain that vaccination,” speculates Dr. Perez-Trepichio. “So, how quickly we get vaccinated is going to be very important in crushing this new increase in number of cases. Get vaccinated, get vaccinated, get vaccinated,” he urges.
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