There has been a surge of misinformation shared online since the development of coronavirus vaccine.

Below we take a look at the most prevalent myths.


MYTH: THE VACCINE WAS RUSHED, SO IT’S PROBABLY NOT SAFE.

Testing for the Covid-19 vaccine broke development records, leading to fears it may have been “rushed”.

But in reality, the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic allowed researchers to utilise emergency funding, concentrating global resources into a single endeavour. They did all the research and development required for other vaccines, but the enhanced funding allowed them to do this in a smaller time frame.

The UK medicines regulator – MHRA – said it had “rigorously assessed the data in the shortest time possible, without compromising the thoroughness of our review” – adding that it reviewed preliminary data on the vaccine trials dating back to June and had been running a “rolling review” since October which helped speed the process.

Does the fact that this vaccine has been approved so quickly mean that shortcuts have been taken?

The very simple and quick answer to this is absolutely not. You can read more here.

“Usually, when vaccine development studies are carried out, there are many steps that are taken sequentially. Multiple phases of clinical trials (Phase I to Phase III) need to be completed before regulators can give their approval. They are done one after another because, for example, under normal circumstances it would be a waste of time and money to start designing a Phase III study until you knew that your Phase II study was completed successfully. But when every day means more deaths worldwide, you are not so worried about wasting time and money and can undertake some activities simultaneously without compromising the integrity of the trial.

Normally, discussions with regulators can be a lengthy process, with to-ing and fro-ing about study design, for example, taking many months. When all resources are concentrated onto one priority activity, that process can be sped up dramatically. We were also told in today’s briefing that the MHRA has been carrying out a rolling review, assessing effectiveness and safety data on a continual basis, as it becomes available, rather than reviewing everything at the end.

Finally, a company wouldn’t usually consider mass producing a new vaccine until they were sure that it worked. But companies have been taking the risk and mass-producing Covid-19 vaccines well in advance of study results, just in case they were successful.

Approval of this vaccine has taken place at record speed, but it does not mean that corners have been cut and it does not mean that all the proper procedures haven’t been carried out.”


MYTH: DELAYS OR PAUSES IN THE PROCESS MEANT TRIALS WEREN’T GOING WELL.

Every scientific process, including creating vaccines, can have pauses or delays, but it doesn’t mean trials aren’t going well. Pauses or delays mean the safety system in place is working as it should, which is reassuring.

Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca paused COVID-19 vaccination clinical trials in an overabundance of caution for the safety of volunteers. They have since resumed the trials.


MYTH: I DON’T WANT THE COVID-19 VIRUS INJECTED INTO MY BODY.

The COVID-19 vaccine does not use dead or weakened strains of coronavirus. mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines.

Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real COVID-19 virus enters our bodies.


MYTH: IT’S SAFE FOR ME TO GET VACCINATED, BUT NOT MY FAMILY. I DON’T WANT THE VACCINE TO GET MY FAMILY SICK.

Receiving a vaccine will not make other people sick. Additionally, because the COVID-19 vaccination does not use any form of the virus, either in a dead or weakened state, any risk which might have been a possibility in transmitting COVID-19 to family or friends is not plausible.


MYTH: I’LL GET THE FIRST ROUND OF VACCINE, BUT I WON’T NEED THE SECOND.

There are some viruses and some bacteria that we vaccinate against and one dose of the vaccine just doesn’t provide full immunity to prevent illness. Priming your immune system with the first dose allows it to react to it once, create some memory and then when you get exposed to it a second time through the second vaccination, it really develops that full, long-term memory.


MYTH: IF I GET VACCINATED FOR COVID-19, I’LL BE MORE VULNERABLE TO ILLNESSES.

While the COVID-19 vaccine will work to teach your immune system to recognize and protect against coronavirus, it is not proven to make you vulnerable to other illnesses. You may experience the typical sore arm, slight fever or aches, but that’s a sign your immune system is active and getting ready to protect you against COVID-19, if necessary.


MYTH: BECAUSE VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE, THE PANDEMIC IS OVER.

According to the US CDC, while experts learn more about the protection COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least six feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.


MYTH: THE VACCINE CHANGES YOUR DNA.

The vaccine does not change your DNA. It’s called an mRNA vaccine, which is a type of vaccine that causes your cells to make an inactive part of virus that triggers an immune response. That immune response is what protects us from getting infected if the real COVID-19 virus enters our bodies.

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Damo
Damo
4 months ago

Excellent article. The anti vaccination crew really do astound me

dave12
dave12
4 months ago

I think more worrying at the moment is trumpski letting the Russians hack important files of the US administration and armed forces , this guy should surly be hanged, I say should.

Liam
Liam
4 months ago
Reply to  dave12

What an asinine comment, Trump Russia collusion is as big a hoax as ant anti vax campaign. Read the Mueller Report. Perhaps look at the real evidence of Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma and the sacking of the Ukrainian prosecutor Skokie investigating Burisma at the behest of Jo Biden. You can actually watch a video of Jo admitting it, not that you believe in facts: https://youtu.be/UXA–dj2-CY

dave12
dave12
4 months ago
Reply to  Liam

Muller report was obstructed and watered down as Muller very well stated , doesn’t we will find out wants trump loses his powers at the white house,mind you like the Russians and you trumpski supporters do find it hard to deal with real evidence and results lol!!!!

Sean
Sean
4 months ago
Reply to  dave12

As though Trump is running round various US departments of state installing back doors on their servers… ?‍♂️
One of the dumbest comments I’ve ever seen on here.

That said, the potential damage caused by the SolarWinds backdoor into the US government could make the Cambridge Five spy-ring look almost inconsequential by comparison. If they find it was not just limited to data gathering, but also extended to making preparations for sabotage then there could be some very serious repercussions.

dave12
dave12
4 months ago
Reply to  Sean

Thats not what I was trying to get at ,the fact that trumpski incompetence’s and attacking the agencies protecting America and lets not forget his constant speeches egging on the Russians to hack Hillarys emails, this hack is no surprise and the timing.

Sean
Sean
4 months ago
Reply to  dave12

(a) I doubt either the Russians or Chinese need “egging on” to do this

(b) The agencies weren’t directly hacked. A software company supplying services to these agencies was hacked to install a backdoor. It’s the identical attack vector used by the Russians when they attacked a Ukrainian software house with the NotPetya virus. When the software house distributed a software update, all their customers got it. (Of course that escaped into the wild, almost destroying Maersk, and damaging the NHS.)

Sean
Sean
4 months ago

I’m afraid you’ve missed lots of myths that the conspiracy theorists are pushing:- ?‍♂️ That it contains nanites allowing Bill Gates to control you remotely ?‍♂️ That it contains aluminium to turn you into a 5G arial: they seem to ignore all the iron in your blood ?‍♂️That it’s poison to kill off large numbers of people and depopulate the planet: I clashed with a Yank on social media today who was claiming people were already dying from it in the U.K… Sadly you’re not going to persuade a single conspiracy theorist. In the majority of cases they’ve bought into… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
4 months ago
Reply to  Sean

Facebook and Mumsnet etc cast the net and the fu*kwits happily jump in…..

You just can’t educate Pork, full credit for trying George ….. Loving the Human G5 mast Sean, I haven’t heard that one before.

Unless you have a health condition that prohibits it …. It’s your civic duty to have the vaccine, it really is as simple as that.

Last edited 4 months ago by John Clark
The Big Man
The Big Man
4 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Conspiracy theories are designed for stupid people to feel intellectual.

Ron
Ron
4 months ago
Reply to  Sean

Bill Gates does not need nanites to control you, a MS or Office update controls everything for a day as your trying to fix what Gates systems have done to your computer. that realy does control everything you do for a day, repetitive hand impacts as you thump the keyboard, reclining hairline as you pull it out and heart attacks from the coffee intake as you need the extra cafine to keep you awake whilst you try to understand why your computer does not work the same way as it did yesterday. A 5G mast, diffrent, never heard that one… Read more »

JohnG
4 months ago

In the politest possible way. Give it a rest with all this. There are multiple things this article doesn’t say and it is selective in what it focuses on. Also the underlying premis that if you are a bit wary about the new vaccine you are some kind of nut is obviously flawed. The vaccine has been rushed, that’s a fact. Regulatory bodies are under incredible pressure to get it approved. There is a risk with ANY new vaccine. The only way to mitigate that risk is by having extensive phase 3 trials over a significant period of time to… Read more »

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnG

That is actually quite a reasoned point of view: which I largely concur with. I am generally pro vaccination and I don’t believe in conspiracies – except of incompetence! I have already had COVID and it was not very nice but it was really just very bad flu with a slower recovery. Whether or when to vaccinate is a balance of harms argument. For my father who has a suppressed immune system definitely vaccinate as the balance of harms is that is he catches it, it will probably finish him off. So the side effects of the vaccine are probably… Read more »

Robert1
Robert1
4 months ago

The issue with this stance is that whilst the impact of COVID on you may have been minimal – worth noting who knows if second case (which hope you don’t get) could be different, there is currently not a firm understanding of immunity from getting it – the important thing is that the vaccine may help reduce transmission. Therefore on the assumption that you are generally fit and healthy you get the vaccine may help protect those who can’t have it for medical reasons. On the selection of vaccine front, if you’re UK based, I suspect you will little/no choice… Read more »

Julian
Julian
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert1

Useful stuff. Thanks Robert.

Just FYI, unless they’ve changed it recently then it’s only if you put more than 1 link in a post that you get flagged for moderation.

As a test to check my info is still valid here’s a link to test it (fairly randomly chosen via Google search but seemed sort of appropriate given the context) – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Robert1
Robert1
4 months ago

Further worth noting that certain vaccines will be held back for those who can’t receive others for medical reasons. I.e. Some people with extreme allergies have reacted to the Pfizer so this group will now likely be a priority for Oxford/Moderna. So unfortunately unless you go private or you have a medical history/reason which precludes you from receiving one or the other I suspect you have no choice as to which you receive.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert1

I’d generally agree with you. However, as I said above, it is a balance of harms issue. As I am not in a high risk group and only just 50 I will have a while to sit back and watch what is going one. I don’t agree with your comments on the distribution strategy as I think the Moderna will be mostly used in hospitals where the cold storage is less of an issue. The Oxford vaccine will be more generally distributed via GP’s as it doesn’t significantly add to their storage facilities issues. Finding a vaccine is a good… Read more »

Paul.P
Paul.P
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert1

I am probably not high enough on the priority list for the Pfizer vaccine. I will not take the Moderna vaccine since tissues from embryos are used in its production. I will wait for all that vaccine to be used up, by which time I anticipate the 30% of the population who are deemed most vulnerable will have been vaccinated and the children, students and young fit working who comprise 70% of the population will have caught it and recovered at home. So one way or another the disease will die away and the hospital staff will be able to… Read more »

Robert1
Robert1
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

Neither moderna or Pfizer vaccine use embryonic tissue as they are synthetic vaccines. The Astra-Zeneca vaccine uses cell lines which originate from a fetal tissue from the 1970s from an abortion which was carried out for reasons other than obtaining fetal tissue. And particularly important the vaccine itself contains no fetal tissue. The cells (not directly from fetal tissue but from cell growth since the 70s) are used to grow the virus in order to make the vaccine but none are present in the vaccine itself. The problem with your theory is that there is no evidence that the 70%… Read more »

Paul.P
Paul.P
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert1

Thx for the fetal tissue info. I will research further. I don’t see a problem with my theory. It is clear from the prevalence of asymptomatic infection that there is a substantial reservoir of immunity in the population already, probably acquired through infection with other corona viruses like the common cold. The task at hand is to vaccinate those members of the population regardless of age, whose immune systems have been compromised. And to change the existing treatment regimes which are complicit in compromising the immune system. NSAI, steroids, beta blockers. I suspect the list is even longer and have… Read more »

julian1
julian1
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnG

good post. Everybody must make their own risk assessment based on their own circumstances. However, don’t be surprised if you’re banned from flying etc….

David
David
4 months ago
Reply to  julian1

That’s absolutely right. My son and daughter in law are both scientists with doctorates in biochemistry. They have both said that, having considered everything, they will not hesitate to have the vaccine, and have pointed out that statistically one is more likely to be involved in an RTA when driving to the surgery for the vaccination than to suffer a serious adverse reaction to a vaccination. I, for one, will also not hesitate to haver the vaccination.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
4 months ago
Reply to  David

Then they have made an assessment of risk that is sensible to them as qualified individuals.

And you agree with the logic used.

It is a perfectly rational thought process.

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnG

There are a couple of fundamentals, and I’m coming from the view of someone that fully supports vaccination programmes and I’m in no way an anti vaccines. you actually cannot compress 10 years worth of data collection into a year. There are elements that have not been completed that would in normal times be completed: 1)This includes the study of any medium to long term side affects or harm. This is really important in regards the RNA messages vaccines as there were still a number of open questions in all the credible scientific literature ( including from the organisations researching… Read more »

Ian
Ian
4 months ago

A guy on the local East Midlands news, while being interviewed, said I’m not having the injection as it has a chip inside it….:.

Paul.P
Paul.P
4 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Sounds like he already has a chip….on his shoulder ?

Ian
Ian
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

??

Paul.P
Paul.P
4 months ago

‘If I get vaccinated against disease xxx I will become more vulnerable to other infections,’
Actually an increasing amount of research which can be interpreted as showing that this may not be a myth. The good news is that vaccination trains the immune system to defend against specific invaders. The bad news is that the general part of the immune system and its integration with the specific part is best exercised by catching real illness. The best defence against corona viruses could be to make sure you catch your children’s common cold. Train hard, fight easy.

John Clark
John Clark
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

I would imagine we will reach a point next year we’re countries will insist upon proof of vaccination prior to travel. So don’t take it and use a face mask for the next three years and don’t travel anywhere…. Spanish flu hung about for three years and the word population is ‘far’ larger now, so plenty of non vaccinated people to keep Covid19 viable for years to come. If people are happy with that, fine, but don’t moan about it when your mates are off on holiday to Greece and you are sat in a deckchair in your garden. The… Read more »

David
David
4 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

“Spanish flu hung about for three years and the word population is ‘far’ larger now” and very importantly, that population is far more mobile. The number of air passengers dwarfs the movement of returning troops at the end of WW1, and the speed of travel is incomparable.

julian1
julian1
4 months ago

I wonder if some of the same people who won’t take the vaccine are willing to vape? Vaping is barely regulated, the health effects are unknown yet 100s of millions the world over do that. Covid vaccines have had much greater scrutiny in their short lives. I say that as I have family members who vape but won’t take the vaccine. barmy

David
David
4 months ago
Reply to  julian1

Humans are really bad at understanding risk. The tabloids don’t help: a few years back there was a headline claiming that a certain drug increased the risk of a particular cancer by 20%. The risk amongst the general population was said to be about 10%. This was taken by many as meaning that if they took the drug they had a 30% chance of developing cancer. This, of course, is nonsense: if the risk of developing that particular cancer is 10% among the general population, then the risk amongst those taking the drug is 12%. Very different to 30%.

Paul.P
Paul.P
4 months ago
Reply to  David

Too right! Its ridiculous that 50% of statisticians are paid less than the average. I blame the parents ?

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

50% of the population have less than average intelligence.

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 months ago
Reply to  David

Statistics are always an overblown part of risk management. When you are looking at complex Systems with dynamic risks, interactions and competing risks and outcomes the management of risks is more of an art than a science that’s learn over decades of hard often painful experience. The percentages are functionally irrelevant when you are talking about catastrophic outcomes, the only really meaning considerations are 1) are you Willing to accept the outcome and what other risks or cost are you willing to take or to pay to limit the realising of an outcome your not willing to accept, that tends… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
4 months ago

The CIA / DoD mucked around with implants and other NLW and frequency stuff in MK Ultra and other programmes, so all the mind control stuffs been well documented. This probably provided the seed of this vaccine and 5G conspiracy nonsense amongst the more extreme wakos.

As for the vaccine, I’ve no issues getting It.

Except I’m not even bottom of the list!! I read that level 9 is 50 and above! ?

John Clark
John Clark
4 months ago

I’ve in my 50’s, but with an auto immune disorder Daniele, so I should be ‘slightly’ higher up the list…

I won’t be taking any chances though,the voices in my head are telling me to make a vest and hat out of tin foil, after I’ve taken the vaccine, no one is using me as a Wifi Hotspot!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
4 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Don’t forget your home made Faraday cage mate….!

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Buy a nice island and big pile of food.

Paul.P
Paul.P
4 months ago

Here you go George. Some tips on how to sell covid vaccination. ?

https://obssr.od.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/COVIDTipSheet_Final.pdf

Paul.P
Paul.P
4 months ago

There is still a lot about how this disease spreads we do not understand. This is an extract from today’s Times. The article is titled ‘what is happening in Kent’.

“In Medway, infection rates are now 736 per 100,000. The day before lockdown they were 175; in September they stood at only seven.”

The incidence of the disease increased 4 or 5 fold during a total lockdown. I have to ask is covid related to Brexit preparations?

https://www.medway.gov.uk/info/200138/your_council/980/britain_leaving_the_european_union_brexit/2

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

I believe I understand it perfectly.

Photographs of heaving crowds numbering in the thousands packing Oxford Street like sardines for the Christmas shopping.

Clever, folks. Nice work.

John Clark
John Clark
4 months ago

Spot on mate…..

After the idiots have finished partying on New Year’s Eve, we can expect another month long lock down in January.

You really can’t educate Pork…..

Paul T
Paul T
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

I Cannot think of any Possible Link Between Brexit Preparations and Covid – Anyone Else have An Idea ?.

Paul.P
Paul.P
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul T

Dunno…I was wondering whether Medway was the location for a lot of super spreader hotel based Brexit planning seminars etc and after work dinners and drinking?

davetrousers
davetrousers
4 months ago

Idiots use the internet too.

David Bevan
David Bevan
4 months ago

I’m not ant-Vax I’m just not pro-Vax.

I’m not and have never been in fear of catching Covid 19. The mortality rate for my age is extremely mundane. I guess it falls down to a risk analysis. Do I run the small risk of dying from Covid 19 against the risk of taking a new, expedited vaccine.

Others will take a similar risk analysis and determine one course of action and others will take another.

Good luck to them both.

Paul.P
Paul.P
4 months ago
Reply to  David Bevan

Vaccines are medicines that have very few side effects and actually work well. Their effectiveness as medical tools puts other treatments into the shade. Like all medicines they do have side effects which are systematically collected, verified and documented on the leaflet in the packaging. This year I took a hepatitis jab and a rabies jab in preparation for a safari to South Africa. The trio was cancelled due to covid but I still got the side effects of one of the jabs; swollen lymph glands and quite a severe skin rash. But no panic, they were on the pamphlet…side… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

A very well reasoned position Paul. Let’s put the various Covid19 vaccines in the must have column. I find it rather interesting that many people are going with the “outpouring of national kindness” in 2020…. I try to be a glass half full sort of chap and search out the positives in most situations, it helps you see issues from a balanced perspective and not over react. While we have certainly seen some community spirit, no doubt about it, we have also seen one of those peculiarly British conditions of ‘self depreciation’, putting the boot into our own Government for… Read more »

David Bevan
David Bevan
3 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

I think you’re letting your fears of Covid 19 blind you to other people’s perspectives. Whether you appreciate it or not people are not obliged to follow the government’s narrative about Covid 19 and it’s dangers. Other people have looked at the dangers of Covid 19 and looked at the cost that has been paid to the economy, to civil liberties and to the health of people with other non-covid conditions and they are unconvinced that the balance of policy is correct. Neither do they like being accused of “killing grandpa” because they have a different perspective. Personally I am… Read more »

AlexS
AlexS
4 months ago

Really… Now i get a message from this site to comment?
I already commented.
My message was censored by the Moderator because i said he was not being intellectually honest conveniently missing the fact that mRNA is new technology and Time is a significant factor in knowledge in relation to vaccines.

I suspect this one will be too.

David
David
3 months ago

Perhaps if big Pharma hadn’t spent so much time lying to us over the last 40 + years more people would be willing to get it. Jury is out on this one for me, I’ve not decided one way or the other yet, the risk to me from Covid is virtually nil, but the risk to people around me is higher. My main concern is that big Pharma has been indemnified against any future harm the vaccine may cause by governments. They have almost no incentive to do the job properly, is this just the next big scandal ? 3… Read more »