As COVID-19 cases rise, doctors debunk vaccine myths

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Since COVID-19 vaccines have been granted Emergency Use Authorization, things have been circulating about them. Many of those things, doctors say, are untrue.

Misinformation surrounding the vaccine includes microchips, infertility, and even death.

Across the country, doctors, health care providers and pharmacists have given thousands of COVID vaccines to people of all backgrounds.

They say those things are outright, untrue or overexaggerated.

They say the COVID-19 vaccine is safer than actually contracting the virus, and it lowers the chance of being hospitalized or dying if you do get the virus significantly.

Brian Laird is a Pharmacy Manager at OSF Medical Center. He’s given thousands of vaccines and said there’s a lot of misinformation, like the vaccine causing infertility.

He said he knows a lot of people who have gotten vaccinated and later gotten pregnant, or who were pregnant when they were vaccinated and had healthy babies.

Doctors say if you have questions or concerns, call a local health care provider, someone who is an expert, to help answer any and all questions.

“This isn’t someone who says I can have a spoon stick to me, and I’m magnetic now. You need to have medical experts look at this. You know if a firefighter tells me my house is on fire, I don’t question it, the firefighter is the expert, I run out of the house. We need to do the same type of thing for our medical experts,” Laird said.

He said there are even recommendations from places like the American College of Gynecologists and different organizations.

He said it’s much better to get the vaccine during pregnancy then get COVID during pregnancy.

Laird also said he has held thousands of vials, filled syringes and given the vaccine. Not once has he seen any evidence of a microchip. Another myth about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We draw out the doses and the people giving the vaccine, but there is never microchips in them. So, that is definitely not true,” he said.

A lot of people are also worried about the vaccine because they said it’s been produced too quickly and wasn’t tested enough before it was being put into arms.

Laird said the vaccine was produced quickly, but they didn’t skip steps when they studied the vaccine. He said they combined steps to be able to help save lives.

He said drug companies usually do not want to invest in a product that might not make them money in the end. So, they have a very long process to make sure they won’t lose any money in the long run.

He said a lot of the research and experiments were approved and funded before they started. So, that they could combine steps.

“So, while it was done faster than normal, it was not done too fast. It was not done unsafe,” Laird said.

He also pointed out a few months ago, there was a problem with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine causing blood clots in some patients. But he said there have been stops put in place in case something were to happen, and those procedures worked.

He said ultimately the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.

“The only way to really stop the pandemic is to get the vaccine,” he said.

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