More Myths about the COVID-19 Vaccine

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By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health

One of the most critical steps we can take to re-open our communities is to be vaccinated when it is our turn. Some have expressed fear of getting vaccinated and unfortunately, misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine has contributed to that fear. Here are 10 myths with accurate information to help you feel comfortable getting vaccinated.

Myth #1: COVID-19 vaccines were ‘rushed’ so they could still be unsafe.

While it is true that the COVID-19 vaccine was produced relatively quickly, it, does not mean scientists and researchers skipped critical steps. Rather, drug manufacturers and the government removed many of the bureaucratic inefficiencies that typically slow the process. No corners were cut in the trials and the results were remarkable.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are continuing to monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety as the vaccines are distributed.

So far, serious vaccine reactions have been occurring at a rate of 4.5 in 1 million doses given. This is very comparable to other vaccines. Of note: none of the severe allergic reactions were deadly and all recovered quickly. No death after receipt of the vaccine could be attributed to the vaccine but only to an expected prognosis in otherwise ill persons.

Myth #2: You can get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

The vaccines that have been approved for use in the United States do NOT contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, which means it is simply not possible to get sick with COVID-19 as a result. Getting a headache, chills or a short-lived fever or feeling fatigued for 1-2 days after getting vaccinated is a normal reaction and a sign that the body’s immune system is getting activated by the vaccine to be able to fight the virus. Short lived soreness at the injection site is also quite common but not dangerous.

Myth #3: Santa Barbara County is receiving fewer vaccines than other counties.

The number of disproportionately impacted communities, settings, and populations may differ among counties, thereby affecting the formula used to determine the State’s allocation of vaccine to the county. Bigger counties also tend to have more large clinic/hospital systems that may get extra allocations of vaccine.

Myth #4: The vaccines can change your DNA.

The approved coronavirus vaccines use messenger RNA, or mRNA. This technology teaches the body’s cells to make a harmless piece of the “spike protein” found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This triggers an immune response that produces antibodies, protecting against COVID-19 infection. This messenger RNA stays in the outer part of our cell, called the cytoplasm. It doesn’t enter into the nucleus of the cell, so it does not have access to our DNA.

Myth #5: The COVID-19 vaccines can cause infertility.

This claim has absolutely no scientific evidence. It was promulgated by social media platforms of the anti-vaxx movement. It was also a story line in a popular TV series Utopia, however completely fictional.

Getting vaccinated is important for pregnant women and those who are planning to become pregnant in order to protect mom/parents and baby from COVID-19.

Myth #6: You don’t have to get vaccinated if you’ve already had COVID-19.

The CDC says  anyone who has had COVID-19 and recovered (and otherwise qualifies for vaccination) should be offered the vaccine. New mutations of the virus are causing variants that may re-infect persons who had the original virus previously. Also, the vaccine causes a more robust immune response than the actual disease. It is recommended to get vaccinated even if you had COVID-19.

Myth #7: Once you’ve been vaccinated, you can no longer spread the virus.

It’s not yet clear whether the vaccines prevent individuals from spreading the virus to others. That means it’s possible that a fully vaccinated person might be exposed to the coronavirus, become infected without any outward symptoms, and then pass the virus along. Therefore, it is crucial that public health measures like mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing remain in place, even after obtaining the two-dose vaccination.

Myth #8: Severe reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines are common.

There have been cases of severe allergic reactions to the vaccine but the chances of getting the virus is much higher. While these reactions are alarming, the occurrence is quite rare at 4.5 per 1 Million vaccinations and comparable to other vaccines. Also, every occurrence in the USA had a good outcome and quick recovery with typical medical treatment.

Myth #9: You should wait until you can choose the exact type of vaccine you’d like.

There is no significant difference between the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines and both behave identically. The third available vaccine is by Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and it has some advantages over the previous ones: requires one shot only to be fully vaccinated, has fewer side effects.

All clinics, pharmacies and hospitals are very transparent with which vaccine is available and people have the options to pick one over another.

Myth #10: I don’t need the vaccine; this will all just go away soon.

Unfortunately, the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is here to stay. The most effective way to protect your health and that of our community is to get vaccinated when it is your turn.

You may sign up for vaccine email updates and information from the county here.

These next few weeks will be a time of transition for vaccine distribution. Santa Barbara County will be switching to a new sign-up platform and to the new State-run distribution process through Blue Shield. Both will come into effect for Santa Barbara County sometime after March 31.

For more information about local public health orders, guidance, and vaccine distribution in Santa Barbara County, please visit:

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SBLetsGetAlong Apr 03, 2021 10:36 AM
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This is not an FDA approved medical treatment or drug. It has emergency approval which is different.
No one denies that much thought and care has been put into creating these experimental drugs, but these types of mRNA drugs have never been rolled out in such mass quantities.
People have a right to wait and see what the long term effects might be.

I support those that want the shot & those that don’t.

After all Viruses , including Corona Viruses have been around since the dawn of time
If people had better nutrition and took vitamins to support their immune system, we would see a healthier response to viruses. But alas our food industry is full of sugar , hormones and pesticides which do not do well for our bodies snd immune systems.
Yet no media medical professionals discuss the importance of providing your body proper nutrition to have healthy immune systems.

For a state where we promote organic and healthy we are far from educating people on the need snd benefits of proper nutrition.

Just saying look at all angles and not just what big pharma is pushing.

a-1617478017 Apr 03, 2021 12:26 PM
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OGSB Apr 02, 2021 03:48 PM
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Just got appointments for my wife and I for next week! Lots of appointments available at cottage drive thru right now... Go get one!

PitMix Apr 02, 2021 02:47 PM
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I guess if you want to drive, you can grab one of the Santa Maria spots that are still available. Waiting until they do the popup in Santa Barbara will put you in competition with the 30+ group becoming eligible on the 15th. To the victors go the spoils.

letmego Apr 02, 2021 03:45 PM
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I just got the Myturn text. You should go on NOW and they will give you a link to the openings at Goleta Cottage next week.

a-1617390711 Apr 02, 2021 12:11 PM
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Gullibility Test

When evaluating medical advice during a pandemic, utilizing critical thinking skills, should you give consideration to:

A) Credentialed, experienced public health professionals esteemed by their peers.


B) Poseurs on anonymous public message boards with a history of intemperate comments of dubious merit on multiple subjects.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 02, 2021 01:55 PM
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An uncredentialed, inexperienced non-public health professional, telling people to ignore advice from uncredentialed, inexperienced non-public health professionals. Hilarious. Now I've seen it all.

Channelfog Apr 02, 2021 04:25 AM
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"Myth 1" still stands as it takes years to truly know whether any new drug is safe. There is no shortcut. Half of health workers are NOT getting the jab, but what could they know. Whether this comment stands or is deleted will speak to the extreme censorship on this issue in an otherwise purportedly "Free Speech" Society.

a-1617567508 Apr 04, 2021 01:18 PM
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Claims on social media about the Nuremburg Codes and vaccines are bogus:

a-1617566965 Apr 04, 2021 01:09 PM
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9:56 pm - Extreme credulity seems to be a hallmark of people whose primary information source is YouTube.

MountainMan4865 Apr 03, 2021 10:03 PM
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What is false and misleading? How about how this was marketed in the first place -

MountainMan4865 Apr 03, 2021 09:56 PM
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I wish I could upvote you, and CSM... need to up my subscription. Bosco - I just read about a County in Kansas where all four nurses with the Public Health Department refused to administer the vaccine. They had to bring in contract workers to do it. 87,000 nurses in the Netherlands have refused it. NYFD has a huge number that is refusing to take it... first responders. You're being told only one side of the story. Israel is being taken to the Hague under the Nuremberg Code for their trial 'vaccine passport' and forcing an experimental medical procedure on a populace.

Channelfog Apr 03, 2021 04:00 AM
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I may be mistaken as to the percentage of health workers refusing the vaccine, but they are legion, including MD's RN's etc.
The fully vaccinated President of Argentina just came down with...wait...Covid! The false sense of security caused by failed vaccines will likely spread more disease than continued use of masks and social distancing.
This is all "experimental medical treatment" with inherent risks, I doubt both efficacy and safety, and will not be the lab rat. The New Hampshire State Motto says it best: "Live Free or die", I'm taking my chances. Besides, we're pretty sure we had it in December of 19, a month after the week long Chinese biz conference in Punta del Este. No sense of taste or smell, but we did not know the symptom back then, we simply had the flu for 2 weeks.

bosco Apr 02, 2021 03:08 PM
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My issue with your comment was regarding healthcare workers resistance to the vaccine. This is false and misleading. While it's true that some healthcare workers initially resisted the vaccine, that has since changed. The healthcare population roughly reflects the general population and those that are resistant to the vaccine tend be those within healthcare with less education and with less actual medical knowledge. MDs, RNs, RTs, and others with extensive medical knowledge are NOT resisting the vaccine.

If you want to wait until there are long term studies, then be prepared for dealing with the negative societal effects for many years to come. Society can't wait, especially with all evidence pointing to an unlikely negative effect from the vaccine. You need to weigh the options from a global perspective. Your and other's selfish decisions to not accept a vaccine will continue to perpetuate the pandemic rather than help us get through it.

a-1617394105 Apr 02, 2021 01:08 PM
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Let's get to the core of your message:
Wait for a few years, and a few million more deaths, before we try to fight this virus.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 02, 2021 12:55 PM
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The FDA, it their own words:

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to permit the EMERGENCY USE of the UNAPPROVED PRODUCT, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine" (Ref 1)


(Ref 1)

a-1617391345 Apr 02, 2021 12:22 PM
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Fears about COVID vaccine safety are baseless.

Channelfog Apr 02, 2021 10:22 AM
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Bosco, With all due respect, it still takes years to know the effects of new medicines, and existing Corona Virus Vaccines have had a marginal rate of efficacy. Just because we as a World are massively freaked out by fear, economic loss, and emotional isolation, does not change the time parameters for new drug investigation. I will never sign away my right to sue a drug manufacturer, emergency or not.
I wish to commend the Edhat Nannies for tolerating such "controversial" free speech on the most edgy and painful of subjects. Covid has prevented us from visiting family and friends for over a year, Mom is 93....

bosco Apr 02, 2021 08:54 AM
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Health Care workers is a broad category. There is a direct correlation between education within the health care system and vaccine acceptance. Not all health care workers are actually knowledgeable in vaccine safety. According to one study:

"After reviewing data from the first phase of the vaccine rollout, the Yale School of Medicine found vaccine acceptance was highest among YNHHS medical residents at 90%, followed by 70% of physicians. Healthcare workers with environmental or food service roles showed the highest rates of vaccine hesitancy; only 20% to 25% responded to the YNHHS invitation to be vaccinated.

JB86 Apr 01, 2021 11:26 PM
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I think folks ought to ignore the amateur epidemiologists on social media, listen to the public health folks and get the darned shots. It is a lot simpler than some folks want to make it.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 02, 2021 04:14 AM
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Well, I was going to continue with Dr. Robert Redfield's September 16th, 2020 comments about how masks are better than the vaccines. At the time Redfield was director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There were also several statement from the "public healthcare folks" about how pets can't contract COVID...more crow they had to eat (pun intended). I have many more, particularly from Fauci, but I think I've made my point.

Seabird Apr 02, 2021 02:29 AM
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Thanks, Chem, for your two references cherry-picked from an entire 13 months, which you presented with no context whatsoever. Seems legit.

SBisOk Apr 01, 2021 05:04 PM
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The hardest thing with science is that like most things, it changes frequently due to new information and discoveries. I saw recently that someone just discovered another part of earth's core. So, rewrite the books. And even medical science changes. Some myths about the vaccine can be debunked. But long term effects? And how it reacts to new variants? We don't know. And to some people that's enough reason not to get the vaccine right away.

MountainMan4865 Apr 01, 2021 11:11 PM
More Myths about the COVID-19 Vaccine or how about - a cry out from Isreal Not that anyone will actually look at it. The lines in the sand have already been drawn.

MountainMan4865 Apr 01, 2021 07:33 PM
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Because this is what the disease looked like in the beginning.... I remember seeing these in Oct/Nov 2019. Seems to be better getting it now, rather than just dropping in the street...

a-1617321246 Apr 01, 2021 04:54 PM
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The usual social media mavens are spreading their vaccine falsehoods again.
Dr. Ansorg knows what he's talking about, as opposed to the amateur pundits here.

Some real information on variants, ADE, and pregnancy here:

a-1617407131 Apr 02, 2021 04:45 PM
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MountainMan4865 Apr 01, 2021 11:03 PM
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Because the responses are jumbled up, I was referring to the 'FUD' reference, which is 'Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt' that is used ad nauseam in reddit posts about stocks.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 01, 2021 10:10 PM
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MountainMan, what's funny is that some of the authors in the reference I provided for the decrease in effectiveness of the vaccine are researchers at Pfizer–BioNTech.

Therefore what @6:00 PM is actually saying that it's, "Disingenuous of [Pfizer–BioNTech] to exaggerate the decrease in effectiveness of the[ir own] vaccines against the SA variant". That's is not a professional troll, but rather someone disconnected entirely from reality and unable to read and understand a simple letter written by the vaccine-makers themselves.

a-1617328641 Apr 01, 2021 06:57 PM
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As a chemist, you should definitely study epidemiology and medicine before making amateur COVID comments.

MountainMan4865 Apr 01, 2021 06:45 PM
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Crossing posting social media jargon from reddit to edhat, just makes you look like a professional troll....

a-1617325239 Apr 01, 2021 06:00 PM
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Disingenuous of you to exaggerate the decrease in effectiveness of the vaccines against the SA variant, but you have your FUD agenda to think about.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 01, 2021 05:53 PM
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ADE shouldn't be observed in clinical trials where a competently designed vaccine produces effective antibodies that target a highly specific and unchanging epitope. I'm sure that I made that abundantly clear to the point that even a layman would understand my point. Alas, I cannot compensate for poor reading comprehension.

Where ADE would come in to play is when a new variant is sufficiently different from the antigenic pathogen used in the clinical trials. In this situation the resultant antibodies would no longer be neutralizing to the new and changed spike proteins on the variant and ADE would now become a possibility.

Given the recent discovery of new variants, some of which have been shown to evade antibodies generated by current COVID vaccines, ADE is a genuine concern. The Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine has shown only minimal protection for the 501.V2 variant and the South Africa's Minister for Health has put on hold the deployment of around 1 million doses of the vaccine while they look at the data and await advice on how to proceed. (Ref 1) Regarding the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine, Pfizer announced that neutralisation activity was reduced by two thirds for the 501.V2 variant, and will not make claims as to the efficacy of their vaccine against this variant. (Ref 2). So, out of concern, South Africa has suspended giving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and Pfizer–BioNTech has withdrawn all claims of efficacy. They must conspiracy theorists, right?

Ref 1:
Ref 2:

a-1617322171 Apr 01, 2021 05:09 PM
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MountainMan4865 Apr 01, 2021 05:53 PM
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ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 01, 2021 04:49 PM
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Basic, I think what Babycakes is referring to is the very strong possibility that gain-of-function mutation studies conducted at the virology lab in Wuhan were responsible for this global pandemic. Obama outlawed such studies on US soil, with US taxpayer funding, but the research has continued in overseas labs. The gain-of-function mutations are designed to test what specific changes to viral proteins are sufficient to cause the virus to jump species. These are very important, yet highly risky experiments. Some, such as Fauci, deny this was the origin, which isn't surprising given his personal involvement is these projects. Others, such as Ex-CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield claim that these dangerous experiments were most likely responsible for the pandemic. The truth is that we may never know.

Basicinfo805 Apr 01, 2021 04:39 PM
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Babycakes, you proved my point perfectly in your response. Your citations of what you think are "science" aren't that at all. I'm not sure what the heck you're even talking about when you say "science" created this nightmare. Huh? Operation warp speed an effort largely based on politics. The real scientists aren't Dr. Fauci and whoever else you've been glued to on CNN, etc. But if you don't, can't, won't think critically and know where to look then you wouldn't know. It's understandable. Not enough of us have a legitimate science background, which is understandable. But my point was to learn to think critically. You sound paranoid, but it's great you plan to get a shot.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 01, 2021 03:56 PM
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Babycakes, you have some valid criticisms, but I take exception to the one about GMO. There's absolutely nothing wrong with GMO. In fact, Impossible Foods uses GMO soy protein to introduce heme (a component of red blood cells) into their alternative meat products, which the plant-based-enviro-sustainability nuts can't champion enough until you point out that it's GMO, and then they turn ghost white as the non-GMO heme drains out of their face. People who know nothing about science, but always point to the science, are often caught off guard like this because they're excellent at repeating what they're told but fail miserably when it comes to critical thinking skills.


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