COVID-19 Vaccine Facts and Myths
COVID-19 vaccines help your body develop immunity to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 without you having to get the illness.
The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines available as of January 2021 are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. Messenger RNA is a single strand of genetic code that cells can “read” and use to make a protein. mRNA vaccines provide the cells in your body with instructions to make a harmless “spike” protein, unique to COVID-19. Your body recognizes that this protein should not be there and builds special white blood cells that attack the protein and then remember this protein if you are exposed to COVID-19. This vaccine will prevent most infections of COVID-19.
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine was developed to control the general population either through microchip tracking or “nanotransducers” in our brains.
Fact: There are no microchips ( or for that matter no micro-salsa), and the vaccine cannot track people or gather personal information into a database.
Myth: COVID-19 vaccines will alter my DNA
Fact: The COVID-19 vaccines are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. Injecting mRNA into your body will not interact or do anything to the DNA of your cells. Human immune system cells break down and get rid of the mRNA soon after they have finished using the instructions.
Myth: COVID-19 vaccines must be stored at extremely low temperatures because of preservatives in the vaccines.
Fact: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines contain no preservatives, which is why they must be stored at low temperatures and have a very short shelf life.
All of our pediatricians, Dr. Elofson, Dr. Fakouri, Dr. Perilloux and Dr. Cook, recommend the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone who is eligible to receive it.