- a widely held but false belief or idea
The myths that have been surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines have spread
faster...well, faster than the actual virus. It's common and understandable
for people to be afraid of something new and quickly developed, but Blue
Mountain Hospital is here to debunk the myths and answer some questions
you may have about the vaccine:
Myth: The side effects are harmful and dangerous
Truth: There are side effects that can affect people who receive the vaccine
such as fever, chills, soreness at the injection site, or headaches and
these side effects can last for a couple of hours or a few days. However,
the side effects are common and in most cases very mild. Also, the reported
side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines are not as severe or as dangerous
as the side effects from the COVID-19 virus which can be long lasting.
Myth: I've had the COVID-19 virus, so I don't need to get vaccinated.
Truth: While it is true that those who have had the COVID-19 virus have
a period of protection from the virus, experts do not know how long this
protection lasts. And, it is possible for people to be reinfected. Because
of these facts, it is highly recommended that people who have been infected
with the virus receive the vaccine so that they can be fully protected.
Myth: I can't get the vaccine because I am pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Truth: If you are currently pregnant or are trying to get pregnant, you
may get the vaccine without any concern. There is currently no evidence
that any of the COVID-19 vaccines have an effect on fertility or cause
any issues with pregnancies. Like all vaccines, scientists are continuously
studying and reviewing the vaccines for any side effects that have not
already been reported. Contact your pre-natal provider and follow any
of their recommendations.
Myth: The vaccine could give me the COVID-19 virus.
Truth: Nope! None of the available COVID-19 vaccines contain the live
COVID-19 virus. This means that you cannot get the virus from receiving
any of the vaccines. Instead, the available vaccine teaches our immune
systems how to recognize and fight the virus. This process can take a
couple of weeks which means that someone who just received the vaccine
can still catch the virus if exposed, but the vaccine will not give you
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine will alter my DNA.
Truth: No. The COVID-19 vaccines do not change, alter, or interact with
your DNA in any way. The genetic material in the vaccines cannot affect
or interact with your DNA. The genetic material in the vaccine never enters
the nucleus of the cell, which is where your DNA is kept.
Myth: I've received both of my vaccination doses so I don't need
to wear a mask anymore.
Truth: It can take a couple of weeks for the vaccine to fully protect
your body. You should continue to wear a mask for a period of time after
receiving your second dose. The length of time depends on current CDC
guidelines and the vaccine that you receive. After the allotted time,
you should continue to review the current CDC guidelines as to whether
or not you should wear a mask. For example, a group of fully vaccinated
people can gather indoors without physical distancing or masks. But, if
you are in public with unvaccinated people, then you should continue to
wear a mask and physically distance.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about the COVID-19 virus
or vaccine, we recommend that you contact your health-care provider and
review the information put forward by the CDC. Blue Mountain Hospital
has partnered with the Utah Navajo Health System to make the vaccine available
to the Blanding community and beyond. If you are interested in receiving
the vaccine or want more information, please reach out to Utah Navajo