Dispelling COVID-19 vaccine myths

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The Biden Administration is pushing to get 70% of adults vaccinated by July 4th.

But, many people have questions and concerns about the shot.

Medical professionals have heard many different myths that are keeping people from being vaccinated.

When the vaccine first rolled out, the main concern was the minority community.

Now, Dr. Calvin Harris, with Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, says that rural communities may be the most uninformed.

“The most resistance that I have seen in my particular practice, because I see people all over Nashville and the outlying areas of Nashville has been from people in the rural communities from people who are not a minority”, says Dr. Smith.

I asked Dr. Smith at what point did he think that the vaccine took a political turn?

He says, “For whatever reason, people on all sides used that fear to bolster their arguments one way or the other and to marginalize the thoughts around this disease process, which doesn’t have any political alignment whatsoever. COVID-19 doesn’t vote. It doesn’t care.”

Some people say that you can get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

Another myth that Dr. Smith says just isn’t true.

“The actual vaccine doesn’t even contain any COVID-19 in it.”

Others say that medical professionals are inserting micro chips with the shot.

Dr. Smith adds, “People with the likes of Bill Gates, who really has problems of his own right now and others in the Illuminati and other organizations are on a nefarious plot to try to take us out and make us zombies, expose us to 5G radiation and all sort of things like that and none of that is founded either.”

Dr. Rochelle Walensky with the CDC has heard rumors of her own.

“For the most part, if you are vaccinated and don’t have an immuno-suppressant disease you really are safe from potential disease around you We’ve also seen they are working against variants and that’s a really important component as well”, adds Dr. Walensky.

Dr. Smith says that the key takeaway is to get the shot.

“You don’t actually know anyone who has died from the vaccine. But, you probably do know someone that has died from COVID.”

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