Myth 1: The COVID-19 vaccine was rushed, how could it be safe?
It is true that many vaccines take years to develop, test, and launch. In some cases, this is because of a lack of funding, or because of small volunteer trial groups. Neither of these were issues for the COVID-19 vaccine. Health Canada has extremely high safety standards for vaccine approval, and speed should not be mistaken for a lack of efficacy or safety. The COVID-19 vaccine has been produced thanks to teams of scientists, health professionals, and independent review boards working thousands of hours to develop a safe and effective means of preventing the spread of the virus. For more information on Canada’s vaccine approval process, visit Health Canada.
Myth 2: Natural immunity is more effective than vaccine-induced immunity
Heard immunity is the goal of vaccination programs. However, vaccines hold a distinct advantage over “natural immunity” as they do not require that an individual become infected with the disease in question. Viruses, like COVID-19, can have devastating impacts on an individual’s health, including death. Vaccines are a safe way to develop a viral-immunity without the potential suffering and irreparable damage caused by infection.
Myth 3: If everyone around me is immune, then I don’t need to be vaccinated
Getting vaccinated is similar to wearing a mask: it isn’t just about you, it also protects your community. Many vaccine-preventable diseases are spread through person-to-person contact. When an individual is infected, disease can quickly spread to others in contact with them. The more people wear masks and the more people get vaccinated, the fewer chances the virus has to spread. Also: You will not know if the people around had the vaccine or not so you cannot rely on that type of thinking. Population immunity depends on many people getting the vaccine. There are some people who cannot get vaccines because of health conditions, but it is a good idea for everyone else to get the vaccine.
Myth 4: Vaccines will be used to microchip people / vaccines cause autism
The internet is full of information, but not all of it should be treated equally. Social media has become fertile ground for misinformation, and things have only gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conspiracy theories around coronavirus and the vaccine are just that: conspiracy. There are plenty of places to find reliable health information online, but the best thing you can do is speak to a health professional. Talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 and the upcoming vaccine.
Myth 5: Vaccines can make you sick
Vaccines will not make you sick. Some people experience mild side effects after being administered a vaccine, such as muscle soreness or a mild fever. Serious side effects are extremely rare. Vaccines are a safe and effective means of protecting yourself, your loved ones, and your community.