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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 02:42 PM

Doctor clears up common misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines [View all]

This month, I wanted to clear up some important misconceptions about the SARS-CoV2 vaccines. Unfortunately, these misconceptions are prolific — you can find them in reputable news articles, unverifiable social media posts and everywhere in between.

The two misconceptions are 1) the idea that breakthrough COVID-19 infections mean the vaccines have failed and that 2) our current vaccines are a one-and-done solution.

First, breakthrough infections do not mean the COVID-19 vaccines have failed. I have heard more than a few of my patients, sick with mild breakthrough cases, exclaim “The vaccine didn’t work!” I have also read this sentiment across the various social media platforms.

It seems that people were under the impression that getting a COVID-19 vaccine would prevent them from catching the coronavirus altogether. In actuality, the vaccines were designed with primarily one major goal: to reduce mortality and severe illness.

In that regard, the vaccines are performing beautifully. The most recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention say that being unvaccinated increases your likelihood of severe illness or death from COVID-19 10 times. Your odds of dying or being hospitalized are 10 times more likely if you are unvaccinated and catch SARS-CoV2.



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