of DeKalb County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
Choose Health: Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
As the pandemic lingers into its third year, many of us suffer decision fatigue. This indecisiveness includes debate over COVID-19 vaccination.
You’ve come to the right place, DeKalb County! Here you can find the facts for your peace-of-mind and best protection against this deadly virus.
Ditch the Myths
Like many aspects of the pandemic, the unknown generates speculation along with outright fabrications. From the silly to the scientific-sounding, let’s debunk the top worries.
COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Contain: microchips to track your whereabouts by the government (or your ex); preservatives; tissues, including aborted fetal cells; antibiotics or other medicines; food proteins; latex; or metals. Nope!
Most ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines are found in everyday foods, including fats, sugars, and salt. They also contain an element that prompts cells in your body to identify the COVID-19 virus and create an immune response. This helps protect you from getting sick with COVID-19 in the future. After the body produces an immune response, it eliminates all the vaccine ingredients.
When young, healthy populations became eligible for the vaccine, rumors spread about its effects on fertility. Time has proven that women can and have become pregnant after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. It does not cause infertility. Countless pregnant individuals in the United States already have been vaccinated against COVID-19 without harm to mother or baby.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine both recommend pregnant individuals have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccines do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. It cannot transmit or activate the virus. As your immune system reacts to this (or any) vaccine, you may experience fatigue, aches, or low-grade fever. This is a healthy sign that your body is building protection against the virus.
A COVID-19 vaccine provides safer, more reliable protection against COVID-19 than risking illness. In addition to delivering a consistently high level of protection, the COVID-19 vaccine allows a more predictable immune response than infection with the virus.
Everyone responds differently to infection with the COVID-19 virus. For some, the response can be severe enough to cause fatality. Building your immunity against COVID-19 without experiencing sickness is safer (and more comfortable and convenient!) for you and those with whom you come in contact.
The COVID-19 vaccines went through strict research and development stages, preclinical trials, and three phases of clinical trials to achieve FDA authorization. Additionally, mRNA technology used in some vaccines has existed and been studied for decades for other illness.
Further proof of the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness has been made obvious over time. COVID-19 cases, especially severe cases, and hospitalizations and deaths resulting from them, have significantly decreased. This hopeful fact is largely attributed to the success of the COVID-19 vaccines.