Cracking The Covid Conspiracies

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Jaimee Smith

Who you gonna call? (Covid) Myth Busters! Everyone loves good conspiracies!

The covid vaccines are out, people! No fear, for everyone is saved…well, that’s what some people think. On the other hand, others are rejecting the covid vaccines because of rumors that they are unsafe. What are these rumors and are they valid?

Maggie Fox, a writer for CNN, wrote “COVID-19 vaccine can’t be safe and other myths” to inform people on the covid vaccine rumors and to soothe the readers’ minds by explaining what the vaccine does. She uses vaccine clinical trials to back up the idea that, for the most part, these vaccines are safe for everyone. 

One rumor is people who have allergies should not get the covid vaccines. Yes, there are some people who believe this. There are some ingredients in the vaccines that some people are allergic to, but that doesn’t mean people who are only allergic to peanut butter should run away at the sight of a “Get Your Covid Vaccine Here” sign. 

The vast majority of people won’t have to worry about having an allergic reaction to the vaccine but it never hurts to research the ingredients. The vaccines include a multitude of lipids, salts, sugars, mRNA, and acids. A very common salt found in the Pfizer vaccine is sodium chloride; everyday people use this as food seasoning. 

Another popular conspiracy is that the government is putting microchips in the vaccines to track people. This terrifying theory likely comes from people spreading information on social media. Microchipping sounds terrible but, when it comes down to it, the government can already track us through our smartphones. 

When asked for his opinion on the safety of the covid vaccine, teacher Dan Pennell said, “I’ve heard that some vaccines have the covid virus in them and I’ve heard of some people getting covid after getting the shot. I’ve heard that some of the tests might be tainted, but I don’t know if any of this is true.” 

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use genetic material. Maggie Fox says, “But they don’t change DNA. They use RNA, which doesn’t hang around in the body.” According to the CDC, the mRNA vaccines do not contain the live virus. The RNA is used as instructions for cells and when the cells don’t need the RNA anymore, the RNA gets broken down and done away with.

People started receiving the COVID-19 vaccines in 2020, which wasn’t that long ago. The long-term effects are still unknown because these vaccines are so new. With this news, people are coming to their own conclusions on what the future is going to look like. On one side of the spectrum, there are people who believe there are no long-term side effects to come and on the other side, there’s mad chaos. Some people believe getting the vaccine can cause birth defects, infertility, illness, and so much more. 

“This virus is so new; that’s why we don’t have the answers for everything. History shows that vaccines have worked in the past,” said Nurse Gassner from Brashier Middle College.  

Even though there is a lot of uncertainty right now, scientists are continuing to evaluate and research mRNA vaccines to better understand what the future holds. These types of vaccines have been studied before for the flu and rabies, which is reassuring. Being scared is a valid response to the unknown, but the odds are in society’s favor.