Vaccine Facts for Teens and Young Adults
It’s time to end COVID, and it’s definitely time to get vaccinated! What’s stopping you from getting the vaccine? There are a lot of myths and misinformation in the community. We asked Brandon to find out what common questions are out there and then he took them straight to the experts for answers!
MYTH #1: “I heard you get microchipped with every vaccination!”
You may have heard on TikTok that the COVID vaccine implants a microchip in you with every shot. Let’s get to the facts and find out what the experts at the University of Maryland say.
Dr. Nat’e Guyton, chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, says NO, the vaccines don’t contain microchips or mess with your DNA. Vaccines are developed to fight against disease and don’t track your movement. Vaccines work by revving up your body’s immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you actually got COVID. After getting vaccinated, you develop protection against the disease, without having to get the disease first. Learn more facts about the COVID vaccine.
MYTH #2: “Someday I’d like to have a baby. Would the COVID-19 vaccine affect a man or woman’s fertility?”
This is a pretty common question right now among young adults and understandably so. Dr. Ash Sachdeva, Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine, weighs in.
There is no evidence that the vaccines cause infertility in women or men. If anything, ongoing research continues to show the benefits of vaccination of pregnant people for their newborns. If you still have questions or concerns, visit the CDC’s website for even more information about COVID-19 Vaccines for People Who Would Like to Have a Baby | CDC.
MYTH #3: “I heard that the vaccine changes your DNA.”
Does the COVID vaccine change your DNA or give you HIV? We hit up one of our ER doctors, Dr. Daa’yah Cooper, an assistant professor of emergency medicine, to set the record straight.
The COVID vaccine does NOT alter your DNA in any way and it cannot give you HIV or even COVID-19. The vaccines deliver instructions through genetic material to our bodies’ cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. But the genetic material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. And once your immune cells have used the instructions, they break down the mRNA and it quickly exits the body. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines.