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Busting common COVID-19 myths

COVID-19 vaccines have been available for quite some time now, but some people may still be hesitant about getting vaccinated. There is a lot of information out there, and sometimes it is difficult to know what is a fact and what might be an opinion or a fear that has become a widespread myth. Learning the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines can help you make a good choice for you, your family, and your community.

The following questions and answers can help clear up some of the myths you might have read or heard.

Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I plan to have a baby one day?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone 12 years of age or older, including people who are trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future, as well as their partners.

Currently, no evidence shows that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems (difficulty getting pregnant). This is true for women and men who want to become parents. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and people who would like to have a baby.

Always consult with your family doctor if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) and viral vector (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept.

Do COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips?
No. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips. Vaccines are developed to fight against disease. They are not administered to track your movement. Vaccines work by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first.

Can receiving a COVID-19 vaccine cause you to be magnetic?
No. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination, which is usually your arm. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of your injection. All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals.

Do any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States shed or release any of their components?
No. While vaccine shedding is a real thing, none of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the U.S. contain a live virus so they cannot shed. Vaccine shedding can only occur when a vaccine contains a live weakened version of the virus. Vaccine shedding is the term used to describe the release or discharge of any vaccine components in or outside of the body.

Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?<
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

If your body develops an immune response to vaccination, which is the goal, you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you have antibodies that provide you some level of protection against the virus. These antibodies could come from a previous infection or from the immune response to the vaccine.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last Updated: 09/16/2021