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Published on September 14, 2021

Get the Facts: Debunking COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

Haven’t rolled up your sleeve and received your COVID-19 vaccine yet? Don’t let untruths about the vaccine sway your decision. Cone Health’s Chief Pharmacy Officer Dr. DeAnne Brooks debunks common myths about the COVID-19 vaccine so you have the facts.

COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Facts

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines aren't safe because they were developed too quickly. 

Fact: COVID-19 vaccine did come to market much faster than typical - and this is because of the intense focus that was put toward the development of these vaccines. Scientists used technology that had been studied for decades that allowed the vaccines to be developed more quickly than usual. No steps were skipped in vaccine development, and the vaccines are safe. 

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines affect DNA. 

Fact: The COVID-19 vaccines do not go into our DNA and do not affect our DNA in any way. 

Myth: Young people don't need to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact: Young people (those under 65) should get the COVID-19 vaccine. With the emergence of COVID-19 variants in our community, we are seeing more younger people being hospitalized with COVID-19. Young people are having more serious effects from the COVID-19 virus than seen previously. 

Myth: Evidence of vaccine safety for Black and brown communities is limited.

Fact: Over 20% of vaccine trial participants were from Black and brown communities. 

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines affect pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding.

Fact: There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility, the growing fetus or the breastfeeding baby, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding women receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Myth: It's OK to only get the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Fact: For Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, you need to get both doses for full protection.

Myth: You don't need the COVID-19 vaccine if you've already had COVID-19.

Fact: Immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine lasts longer than immunity from the COVID-19 virus. People who have had COVID-19 have been reinfected again with the COVID-19 virus within a short period of time - but getting COVID-19 vaccine provides extra protection to prevent reinfection. Additionally, some studies show that the COVID-19 vaccine may help alleviate long-term COVID-19 symptoms. 

COVID-19 Vaccines at Cone Health

At Cone Health, we are fully committed to providing effective and safe vaccines to eliminate COVID-19 in our communities. Everyone 12 years old and older can receive a free COVID-19 vaccine from Cone Health. Learn more and schedule an appointment at

Get the Facts: Debunking COVID-19 Myths