Myths and misinformation about vaccines

Myths and misinformation about vaccines are costing us tens of thousands of lives in the U.S. every day.  According to the U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy “…misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation’s health…”

A survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed “a large share of unvaccinated Americans have latched on to misbeliefs about the vaccines.”

Myths and misinformation such as the vaccines 

  • cause COVID (NOT TRUE)
  • cause infertility (NOT TRUE)
  • change your DNA (NOT TRUE)
  • cost you money to get one (NOT TRUE)

According to Dr. Murthy, “… the Delta variant of the coronavirus is spiking in undervaccinated regions of the country and 99.5 percent of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. are occurring among those who have not received the vaccine.”

The Surgeon General’s Office has issued a document that will help advise various segments of the population in countering and correcting these myths and the misinformation that is costing us all so many lives.  

Here’s a link to that document

Page 8 guides Individuals, Families, and Communities; and page 9 is a guide for Educators and Educational Institutions.   

As noted in this EdWeek articleVaccinating Kids Against COVID-19 – Why Families Are Afraid and How Schools Can Help

“…where schools can play an important role in overcoming hesitancy, and not just for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Whether it’s the school nurse, the school event, the PTA, the schools are embedded in the community, parents trust the schools,” said Dr. Rani Gereige, a pediatrician at Nicklaus Children’s hospital in Miami who also researches schools’ roles in children’s health. “I think their role is huge [in] spreading the correct information and guiding the parents to the right resources and giving them access to experts … and to other parents.”

“Doctors from Johns Hopkins medicine give a detailed explanation for how these rumors are false, which you can find by following this link.

We hope everyone reading this has taken the steps to get fully vaccinated.  We strongly encourage you to check out how to correct and stop the myths and spread of misinformation that may be killing our friends and family.

In Jefferson County, you can find resources regarding alerts, testing, and where and how to get a vaccine: