Getting a COVID vaccination is a personal decision. As individuals, family members and part of the Cloudstaff family, we have an important choice to make. We have to decide what is right for us, for our families, for our colleagues, and for our community.
There is no shortage of information being shared on social media about COVID vaccinations. Some are true and some are very misleading. It is important to source information from reliable and trustworthy sources. We encourage you to do your own research and make the right choice for yourself.
Social media can be a lot of fun, but don’t bet your life on it.
At Cloudstaff, while our research has resulted in our support of vaccinations and ensuring our staff have access to what we consider life-saving vaccines, the choice is yours to make. Take the time to make sure you have accurate facts and not the many myths spreading on social media.
This may be one of the most important decisions you may ever make, please take it very seriously.
Key facts about COVID vaccinations
You are way less likely to die or become seriously ill if you are vaccinated with ANY of the vaccines.
Like other vaccines, such as the flu shot, COVID-19 vaccines will be given with a needle. This triggers an immune response in the body—which is the body’s natural way of defending itself. The vaccine will strengthen your immune system by training it to recognize and fight against the COVID-19 virus.
There can be side effects, but they are usually very mild.
Mild-to-moderate side effects, like a low-grade fever or muscle aches, are normal and not a cause for alarm: they are signs that the body’s immune system is responding to the vaccine, specifically the antigen (a substance that triggers an immune response), and is gearing up to fight the virus.
Even vaccinated people may be infected with Covid but it will be mild or have no symptoms.
Even people who have recovered from COVID-19 are urged to get vaccinated, especially as the extra-contagious delta variant surges—and a new study shows survivors who ignored that advice were more than twice as likely to get reinfected.
Even when vaccinated, you can still pass the virus to unvaccinated people.
While new research shows vaccinated people can become infected and carry high levels of the coronavirus, it’s important to remember that those cases are rare, and it’s primarily the unvaccinated who get infected and spread the virus.
You can not get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine because it doesn’t contain the live virus.
Common myths about COVID vaccination
|It is not safe because of the quick rollout.||Thorough safety standards and trials were met.|
|You will get COVID-19 from the vaccine.||You cannot get COVID-19 from vaccines. They protect you.|
|I have had COVID-19 so I do not need to be vaccinated.||Natural immunity length is unknown. The vaccine will help fight re-infection.|
|I don’t need a mask because I have been vaccinated.||You must still take the appropriate precautions to help end the pandemic.|
|I can’t get vaccinated because I have food allergies, breastfeeding or am pregnant.||You can get vaccinated.|
|COVID-19 vaccines will change my DNA.||mRNA does not enter a cell’s nucleus and can not change DNA.|
|The COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility in women.||Misinformation on social media suggests the vaccine trains the body to attack syncytin-1, a protein in the placenta, which could lead to infertility in women. The truth is, there’s an amino acid sequence shared between the spike protein and a placental protein; however, experts say it’s too short to trigger an immune response and therefore doesn’t affect fertility.|
|If I receive the COVID-19 vaccine, I am at a greater risk of becoming sick from another illness.||There is no evidence to suggest that getting the vaccine heightens your risk to become sick from another infection such as the flu.|
|I can be tracked after having a vaccination.||While some companies do track the batches of vaccines for safety and quality control, there is no way a vaccine recipient can be tracked as a result of their vaccination.|
Find out more
To learn more about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine, talk to your doctor or if you are a Cloudstaffer, message one of the Cloudstaff Clinic health care professionals. They will share reliable information with you and help you find the answers you are looking for. Be safe.
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