9 Popular COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Conspiracy Theories Debunked by Doctors
Social media and the internet have been bombarded with misinformation and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccines. While these COVID-19 vaccine myths continue circulating around, doctors and medical experts have successfully debunked 9 popular misconceptions about the vaccines.
These COVID-19 vaccine myths made people skeptical towards the vaccine
People were becoming hesitant to take the vaccines due to the myths and theories surrounding it. A professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Dr. William Schaffner said “These are the sorts of notions that are held by many people who are reluctant and hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine… [leaving many people] uncertain of the information they encounter, particularly on social media and even from conversations with their neighbor”.
So, here are the 9 most popular myths about the vaccines that have been debunked by professionals.
1Myth 1: Long-term complications are caused by the COVID-19 vaccines
Schaffner has dissed this theory completely by explaining that of the various vaccines that have been used for decades, none have ever been reported to have caused any long-term effects. He said “This comes as a big surprise to most people, but the adverse effects associated with most vaccines become evident within 2 to 3 months of the administration of the vaccine. We’re beyond that now with the COVID vaccines and have given millions of doses of it, so we know what the side effects profile is”.
2Myth 2: The vaccines don’t work
According to the Dean of New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice and a former CDC chief medical officer, Dr. Robert Amler, there is a substantial amount of evidence that supports the claim that vaccines have been effective in reducing infections in the U.S. as well as around the world.
Dr. Amler explains “Through vaccination, smallpox has been eradicated worldwide. Through vaccination, polio has been eliminated from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, and Oceania, with only a few pockets left in a few countries. And through mass vaccination, COVID-19 rates have declined dramatically in the second quarter of 2021”. Till date, over 170 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and Schaffner says “We know what the safety profile is, and we know as we use more vaccines, cases are diminishing, hospitalizations are going down, and so are deaths, so that’s evidence that they really do work”.