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Covid-19 vaccine myths: These reasons for not getting a shot don't hold up. In fact, they'll set the US back

April 28, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Americans have an easy way to crush Covid-19 -- one that would let businesses fully reopen safely, ditch the need for social distancing and restore a mask-free return to normalcy. But too many refuse to get vaccinated, citing myths that don't make sense.

Any adverse side effects from vaccines almost always "show up within the first two weeks, and certainly by the first two months," said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

they would become apparent within two months of people getting vaccinated," he said.

The most serious vaccine side effects in history have all been caught within six weeks, said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and a member of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

"I would say, please tell me what vaccine has ever been shown to cause a long-term side effect that was not picked up in the first two months," said Offit, a co-creator of the rotavirus vaccine who has studied vaccinology for more than four decades.

There's no evidence that people have lost any fertility because of the Covid-19 vaccines.

Refusing the Covid-19 vaccine actually impacts a lot of people -- yourself, your loved ones, even the country as a whole.

You're vaccinated.

You're vaccinated, so you're good'" -- that makes three false assumptions, Offit said.

They can't be vaccinated -- they depend on the herd to protect them," Offit said.

But that's only because not enough time has passed to show how long the vaccines stay effective, Offit said.

But with Covid-19 vaccines, "you couldn't do that.

Offit said he's confident the vaccines will get full FDA approval.

Also, the vaccine trials showed "excellent cellular immune responses -- meaning so-called T helper cells. " That's a good sign these vaccines give strong, long-lasting protection, Offit said.

'I've already had Covid-19, so I don't need to be vaccinated'

Even if you've had coronavirus, you should still get vaccinated because the immunity you get from vaccination will likely be longer or stronger than the immunity you got after getting infected, health experts say.

The tetanus vaccine does," he said.

When it comes to the two-dose vaccines -- those from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna -- people who've already had coronavirus should still get both doses, emergency medicine physician Dr. Leana Wen said.

Those vaccines were studied in people taking both doses, and that's what experts know to be effective.

"We also don't know how long protection will last after having coronavirus, so you should still be (fully) vaccinated," Wen said.

'I don't want to get Covid-19 from the vaccine'

Here's how each vaccine was made.

For those who might lack internet access, Offit said it'd be a good idea for state or local health departments to send flyers in the mail explaining when and how people can get vaccinated -- and reminding them it's free.

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