Since our last COVID-19 vaccine article in January 2021, we have had updates in the scientific community. And you certainly have had questions!
It’s been a pleasure to meet so many of our new global members of the brainSHIFT crew on Clubhouse, virtual workshops for your companies, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Three vaccines are now available in the United States under EUA (emergency use Authorization)
I wanted to take the time to answer additional questions we have been receiving online during our wellness workshops. At the bottom of this article, you will find the scientific resources I read to verify facts, data, and the answers to your questions.
While receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is a personal choice…you are also choosing between vaccination or getting the COVID-19 infection. If you have a strong anti-vaccine point of view, this article is NOT for you.
Note, I am a board-certified physician who believes in science. (Neurology and Integrative Medicine). As a physician who consults and speaks on corporate wellness, I receive frequent inquiries about my thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccines.
Q: Can I get sick with COVID-19 from getting injected with the COVID-19 vaccines?
A: No. None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.
Q: Is there a microchip inserted into the vaccine to track me, or will I become magnetic after getting vaccinated?
A: No, the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips, metals, or anything to produce an electromagnetic field. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the vaccination site, which is usually your arm.
Q: Will the vaccines for COVID-19 alter my DNA?
A: COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine materials never enter the cell’s nucleus, which is where our DNA is stored.
Q: Are the vaccines available in the USA experimental or being used illegally?
A: There are currently 3 COVID-19 vaccines in the USA that received an EUA (emergency use authorization) status from the FDA. EUA status is used to provide medications, vaccines, or medical procedures during a public health emergency or life-threatening diseases. EUA status is granted after rigorous scientific data is collected, published, and reviewed by scientists. Because we are in a global pandemic, the 3 vaccines available in the USA were tested on tens of thousands of people to prove they are effective and safe.
Q: People who got vaccinated are still getting infected with the COVID-19 Delta variant, does this mean the vaccine doesn’t work?
A: The vaccines are not 100% effective. In clinical research, prior variants of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were over 94% effective in preventing infection with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The longer viruses live, they mutate. The Delta variant has been studied in multiple countries, including the United States. The vaccines still offer protection against the Delta variant but at a slightly lower rate of 80-88% on average.
Q: Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
A: No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. COVID-19 tests will increase your antibodies to show that you have been vaccinated.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC website) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/covid-19/vaccines
- Food and Drug Administration: EUA Authorization Explained: https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/vaccines/emergency-use-authorization-vaccines-explained
- Vaccines and fertility from ASRM: https://www.asrm.org/news-and-publications/news-and-research/press-releases-and-bulletins/new-study-reveals-covid-vaccine-does-not-cause-female-sterility/
- New England Journal of Medicine: Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines against the B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2108891#article_references