STUPID MYTHS ABOUT VACCINES PROLONG THE COVID PANDEMIC

For the sake of this Public Service Announcement we drew partly from Holly Yan's CNN Health article:

"STUPID MYTH ONE: WE DON'T WHAT THE LONG TERM SIDE EFFECTS OF THE COVID VACCINES ARE"

'"Any adverse side effects show up within the first two weeks, and certainly by the first two months," said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.' Some side effects, in some people, are not actually bad. They mean the immune response is working. And they're not dangerous, they go away quickly. The vaccine developers waited months, studying the responses in volunteers, to see if any dangerous side effects showed up. The side effects always show up within two months. No serious problems.

STUPID MYTH TWO: 'THE VACCINE MIGHT HURT MY FERTILITY'

"This is pure nonsense. There's no evidence that people have lost any fertility because of the Covid-19 vaccines.The rumor apparently started with the myth that the coronavirus spike protein, which is mimicked when you get a vaccine, also mimics the protein on the surface of placental cells".

STUPID MYTH THREE: "IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS IF I DON'T GET VACCINATED"'

"Refusing the Covid-19 vaccine actually impacts a lot of people -- yourself, your loved ones, even the country as a whole."When people say, 'What do you care? You're vaccinated. I'm going to choose not to be vaccinated. You're vaccinated, so you're good'" -- that makes false assumptions. "First of all, the vaccines aren't 100% effective." So even if your friends and family are vaccinated, but you're not vaccinated, you can still carry and spread the virus to your loved ones. "And as Americans go back to crowded bars, concerts, sporting events and movie theaters, the need for mass vaccination becomes even more important. It's a mistake to think everyone who wants a vaccine can just get one. Some people are on cancer chemotherapy. They can't be vaccinated -- they depend on the herd to protect them. So many of the most vulnerable Americans are counting on fellow Americans to get vaccinated. And by not being vaccinated, or being part of a reasonably sized group of people who are choosing not to get the vaccine, you're allowing the virus to continue to replicate. When it's allowed to continue to replicate, it will create mutations, which could then cause variants that are completely resistant to the immunity induced by natural infection or immunization."In other words: Failing to get a vaccine could make the vaccines less effective. And that could ruin everyone's vaccinations -- throwing the country backward in this pandemic."

STUPID MYTH FOUR: "I'M YOUNG AND HEALTHY SO I DON'T NEED TO GET VACCINATED"

It's critical for young, healthy adults to get vaccinated. Many of those who refused have already paid a price. A highly contagious strain is hitting young adults hard. The B.1.1.7 variant is now the most dominant strain of coronavirus spreading in the United States. And unlike the original strain, this one is heavily impacting young people. More young people are getting hospitalized as a 'stickier,' more infectious strain becomes dominant....

STUPID MYTH FIVE: "My faith will protect me, so I don't need to get vaccinated"

Bishop who said "God is larger than" Covid-19 has died from coronavirus...Among religious groups in the United States, "white evangelical Protestants stand out as the most likely to say they will refuse to get vaccinated (26%), with an additional 28% who are hesitant," according to a study by the Public Religion Research Institute and Interfaith Youth Core. Some experts say anti-Covid-19 vaccine sentiment among evangelicals is fueled by a distrust in government, ignorance about how vaccines work and misinformation....There are numerous cases of church congregations in all or part being infected by covid. People with religious faith got smallpox and polio--getting vaccinated saved other people of faith from getting those diseases. Look at the facts and wisely assume God wants you to make healthy choices.

STUPID MYTH SIX: 'I might not be able to afford a vaccine'

The vaccines are free, paid for by the US govt and your taxes!

The bottom line: Not getting vaccinated could set everyone back: "If you want to protect yourself, your friends, your family and the economy, get vaccinated. Otherwise, you'll be part of the problem -- not the solution."