At long last, there’s a vaccine for the coronavirus. Pfizer is currently working with the United Kingdom’s government to distribute their version; the FDA could approve the vaccine for Americans as soon as Thursday. According to Massachusetts General Hospital, there are 135 other vaccines in development. However, there’s a great deal of controversy about it. Many people are saying they won’t take it, fearing that it won’t work, will ‘rewrite their DNA’, or will make them sick with the virus. Here are the facts.
Fear: the vaccine won’t work.
Fact: the vaccine has a 95% protection rate. That said, the CDC advises “It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.”
Fear: the vaccine will ‘rewrite DNA’
Fact: “mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can most easily be described as instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of a protein. mRNA is not able to alter or modify a person’s genetic makeup (DNA). The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are kept,” the CDC says.
Fear: the vaccine will give you the virus
Fact: “Vaccines contain weakened or inactive parts of a particular organism (antigen) that triggers an immune response within the body,” the World Health Organization says. “…Regardless of whether the vaccine is made up of the antigen itself or the blueprint so that the body will produce the antigen, this weakened version will not cause the disease in the person receiving the vaccine, but it will prompt their immune system to respond much as it would have on its first reaction to the actual pathogen.”