January 6, 2021

 

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are being administered across the U.S., accurate information is crucial to know when deciding whether to get the vaccine when that time comes (if it has not already).

Misinformation and false claims about the vaccine could make you wary of getting the vaccine, so make sure you know the facts first. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are five facts about that COVID-19 vaccine you need to know:

  • Fact No. 1: The COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. None of the authorized or recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. contain the live COVID-19 virus, thus it cannot give you COVID-19. The vaccine is meant to teach our bodies how to recognize and fight the COVID-19 virus.
  • Fact No. 2: You will not test positive for COVID-19 after getting the vaccine on a viral test. A viral test is a test used to see if someone currently has the virus. Even though some people have experienced COVID-19-like symptoms after receiving the vaccine due to the body developing an immune response against the virus, this does not mean that they are positive for COVID-19. If someone who has received the vaccine has built up an immune response to COVID-19, they could test positive on an antibody test.
  • Fact No. 3: The vaccine will still be effective if you already had COVID-19 previously. Re-infection of COVID-19 is possible, so the vaccine should be offered regardless of if someone has had COVID-19. Experts aren’t entirely sure how long natural immunity – the immunity someone gains by having the virus –  will last after someone has recovered from COVID-19.
  • Fact No. 4: The COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. The vaccine teaches the body to recognize and fight the virus, which will protect you from getting sick. To learn more about how the vaccine works in the body, register for our upcoming webinar where the Apex clinical team will speak about how the vaccine actually works.
  • Fact No. 5: The COVID-19 vaccine will not alter DNA. The COVID-19 vaccine does not change or interfere with DNA. The vaccine works with the body’s natural defenses to develop immunity against the virus.

Being informed is a crucial step in determining whether to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Try to adhere to what healthcare officials are advising and recommending. Listening to hearsay will only cause confusion, anxiety and stress.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace, sign up for our upcoming webinar and take the related survey.

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Sarah Michaels , RN

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