Information You Need: COVID-19 Vaccine Myth-busters

After receiving community feedback, it was clear that many of you wanted to know more about vaccines and immunity surrounding COVID-19! And with the amount of available COVID-19 information, it is important to keep in mind that not all of it is accurate or helpful. This article discusses some of the inaccurate information surrounding a COVID-19 vaccine and what you should know instead. If you’d like more information about sources to use for credible COVID-19 information, visit our previous updateIf you would like more information about how to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine research trial please visit this link and enter “CEAL.AZ” when prompted.

Inaccurate COVID-19 Vaccine InformationWhat You Should Know
INACCURATE INFO: A COVID-19 vaccine will be “ready” for the public this Fall.This is not true. It is not yet confirmed when a vaccine will be made available to the public, but it is very unlikely that this will take place by Fall 2020. Many experts suggest that a vaccine will likely be available for the public in mid 2021.
INACCURATE INFO: People will only need one dose of the vaccine to be completely immune to COVID-19.We don’t know this yet. More research needs to be done on the topic of COVID-19 and immunity. However, some experts are suggesting that the COVID-19 vaccine could be similar to the flu shot, which needs to be administered each year to be most effective.
INACCURATE INFO: I already had COVID-19, I won’t need the vaccine.This is most likely not true. Again, more research is needed to understand how immunity related to COVID-19 works. There is research that suggests many COVID-19 cases lead to antibodies (or protection from reinfection), but it appears that this potential immunity may wane after several months.
INACCURATE INFO: If I have the flu vaccine, I will be protected from COVID-19.The flu vaccine will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. The seasonal flu and COVID-19 are caused by two different viruses, which means they require different antibodies to protect against them. However, it is especially important to receive a flu shot during this pandemic. If you currently have COVID-19, or have had it previously, talk to your healthcare provider about receiving the flu vaccine. For more information about why it is important to get your flu shot, visit our previous update.
INACCURATE INFO: When somebody or an organization says a vaccine is “ready,” it means that it is ready to be given to the public.This is not always true. The vaccine being “ready” could also mean that it is ready to go into clinical trials or enter a new phase of the trial. During these points there is still a lot of testing that needs to be done. Even after the vaccine is approved, it will take time for it to be distributed and made available to the general public. For more information about the process of vaccine development, visit our previous update.

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