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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT There are many myths surrounding COVID-19 vaccines that medical professionals hope to dispel, but there are still unknowns surrounding available vaccines.
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CAN COVID-19 VACCINES:
Cause someone to contract the virus? Cause someone to test positive for COVID-19? Alter someone’s DNA? Cause problems with pregnancies? Protect against existing variants in the U.S.? Cause someone to have " u-like symptoms?
Cause blood clots in rare cases with women younger than 50?* Be e # ective against the virus for longer than 6 months?
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*AS OF CDC’S UPDATED RECOMMENDATIONS MAY 6, ALL BLOOD CLOTS CAUSED BY THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE WERE WOMEN YOUNGER THAN 50 WITH LOW BLOOD PLATELET COUNTS. THE CDC BELIEVES THE VACCINE’S BENEFITS OUTWEIGH THE RISKS, BUT RECOMMENDS WOMEN YOUNGER THAN 50 BE AWARE AND SEEK TREATMENT IF THEY SUFFER BLOOD CLOT SYMPTOMS
SOURCES: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION; SUSAN BAILEY, AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT ! COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
I AMCONVINCEDWEWILL BEAT COVID. WEWILLWIN THIS
FIGHT. BUT ... WE’RE ALL GOING TOHAVE TOPULL OURWEIGHT. SUSAN BAILEY, AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT
COULDADDITIONAL VARIANTS ARISE THEVACCINESARENOT EFFECTIVEAGAINST? It’s a de ! nite concern, and that’s why we’re in a race with the vaccine to make sure that we can get the level of disease spread in the community so low that the odds of a more infectious, more dangerous variant are much less. HOWLONGWILL THEVACCINES BE EFFECTIVE?WILL PEOPLE NEEDSHOTS EVERYYEAR? We would all like to know the answer to that. …We know that the mRNA [vaccines] give us at least six months, hopefully much longer than that. But it’s just going to take time to keep following patients, you know, very closely to see how… long their immunity lasts. The manufacturers— P ! zer and Moderna—have both come out in the last week saying they’re thinking that we may need boosters eventually, but we really don’t know. Another reason that we might need a
booster shot is if new variants develop that aren’t covered by the current vaccines so that they can update the vaccines. HOWMUCHOFACHALLENGE HAS MISINFORMATIONBEEN TOVACCINEDISTRIBUTION? Vaccine misinformation and delib- erate disinformation are de ! nitely out there and are risks to vaccine con ! - dence. There are, you know, patients that … just don’t understand how the vaccines work. … It’s so important to have those conversations. ... Very often, when you just have that conversation … and reassure them that they can’t get COVID from the vaccine, that they’re really very safe. They’re very e # ective. No, they weren’t rushed. …We’re not going to convince 100%. But, you know, an empathetic conversation that encour- ages questions from someone that you can trust can be incredibly powerful in increasing vaccine con ! dence.
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