Debunking Common Myths About COVID-19 Vaccines & Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

Introduction

Yesterday I got my second dose of the life-saving vaccine that was created to protect ourselves and others.

So grateful.

Zero side effects.

I am grateful that so many of us have gotten vaccinated, and am hopeful that more people will choose to get the vaccine to help keep variants under control and protect us all.

Although there is a lot of information on the internet that debunks certain myths about the COVID vaccine, I was unable to find a comprehensive page addressing as many of them as possible. I have attempted to make a comprehensive document, with as many myths as I have heard about (though I acknowledge more are emerging, so it may not include all of them).

I have done extensive research on the vaccine and made a 221 page Google Doc with screenshots debunking common myths about the vaccine.

Here is the contents of this Google Doc, in case it is helpful to you or anyone you know. It is accurate as of May 28, 2021, according to my research (post-note: it does not include stuff about the Delta variant and any subsequent variants, so the likelihood of getting COVID now and passing it along is higher than what is written in this piece). I tried to use only highly reputable and credible sources, though I threw in some opinion pieces where they referenced reputable/credible sources in a neat/digestible way, and also included some other straight opinion pieces around ethics near the end. I have included links to sources under almost every image or group of images.

The likelihood sections near the top were written for someone in the age category of ages 20–39 in Ontario, and the probability calculations are done for that age group and location — but you can use the logic to find probabilities for your own age and location.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor — just a concerned citizen interested in the safety of all, and in helping combat misinformation and fake news. However, a friend of mine who is a family doctor reviewed much of this and they said it was “really well done”.

If you are looking for information from doctors, here is an excellent World Health Organization Mythbusters page https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

And here is a webinar with doctors addressing vaccine hesitancy https://nccid.ca/webcast/phac-addressing-covid-19-vaccine-hesitancy/

Now, here is my document.

Key findings re likelihoods:

This is explained more in the doc in the Likelihood sections.

It can take up to 14+ days after getting COVID for a COVID test to show up positive. This is explained more in the doc in the Test Timeline section.

Topics Covered in This Document

· Likelihood of getting COVID
· Likelihood of getting it w/vaccine
· Likelihood of Passing on COVID
· Likelihood of Passing it w/Vaccine
· Long Term Effects/Studies of Vaccine
· Test Timeline and Transmissibility
· Rapid Development
· Experimental
· Clinical Trials on Humans
· Death Toll from COVID Compared to Other Causes
· Death Rate from COVID vs Vax
· Vaccine Risks and Death Rate
· Risk of Blood Clot
· Excess Deaths from COVID
· Asymptomatic
· Nanotechnology
· Microchips
· Supplements
· HQL
· Drug Treatment
· DNA
· Fertility
· Period
· Being Around Vaccinated People
· Risks from Getting COVID
· Mask Effectiveness
· Texas
· Likelihood of Not Getting it Because Haven’t Got it Yet
· Vaccine Safety
· Delta Variant
· Misinformation
· Conspiracy
· Censorship
· Hodkinson
· Byram Bridle & Spike Proteins
· Ethics, Lifestyle, Implications & More
· Family Relationships & Friendships re Vaccine
· How to Know Whether a News Source is Trustworthy
· BitChute
· Vaccine Injury Support Program
· Changing One’s Mind
· Other Resources
· TLDR

Likelihood of getting COVID

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/epi/covid-19-daily-epi-summary-report.pdf?la=en

-> Ontario’s population is 14.57 million. Age 20–39 is roughly 4 million (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Ontario)

There have been 197,230 cases in ages 20–39 — so you have a 1 in 20 chance of getting COVID

https://health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/epidemiological-summary-covid-19-cases.html#a7

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/well/live/putting-the-risk-of-covid-19-in-perspective.amp.html

Likelihood of getting it w/vaccine

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness/why-measure-effectiveness/breakthrough-cases.html

If you get vaccinated, you would reduce your risk of getting COVID to a 0.005 in 100 chance

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/fully-vaccinated-people.html

Likelihood of Passing on COVID

Links to studies: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-fast-covid-19-can-spread-in-a-household

Based on this and the likelihood of you getting COVID, you statistically have a 1 in 40 chance of getting it and then passing it to someone in the household

Likelihood of Passing it w/Vaccine

https://www.bmj.com/content/373/bmj.n1112

If you get vaccinated, you would cut your risk of getting it then passing it to someone in the household to 0.002 in 100

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/health-56904993.amp

Long Term Effects/Studies of Vaccine

https://immunizebc.ca/ask-us/questions/are-there-long-term-side-effects-caused-mrna-covid-19-vaccines-how-do-we-know

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html

https://www.chop.edu/news/long-term-side-effects-covid-19-vaccine

https://www.muhealth.org/our-stories/how-do-we-know-covid-19-vaccine-wont-have-long-term-side-effects

Test Timeline and Transmissibility

https://medical.mit.edu/covid-19-updates/2020/07/when-should-i-be-tested

https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/documents/services/publications/diseases-conditions/understanding-covid-19-testing/understanding-covid-19-testing-eng.pdf

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/if-youve-been-exposed-to-the-coronavirus

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-how-is-it-transmitted

Rapid Development

https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/featured-topic/covid-19-vaccine-myths-debunked

https://www.chop.edu/news/long-term-side-effects-covid-19-vaccine

https://www.muhealth.org/our-stories/how-do-we-know-covid-19-vaccine-wont-have-long-term-side-effects

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines-myth-versus-fact

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines-myth-versus-fact

Experimental

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSL1N2M70MW

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSL1N2M70MW

Clinical Trials on Humans

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSL1N2M70MW

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSL1N2M70MW

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/science/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker.html

Death Toll from COVID Compared to Other Causes

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/11/18/health/covid-19-deaths-us-250k-trnd/index.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-03-01/covid-19-s-death-toll-compared-to-other-things-that-kill-us

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/03/24/your-analogy-comparing-coronavirus-car-accident-deaths-is-bad/%3foutputType=amp -> old article but interesting logic

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/beta.ctvnews.ca/national/coronavirus/2021/1/5/1_5254420.html

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2778234

This graph shows that the age 55–64 age group is over 6X more likely to die from COVID than a car accident

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2774465

Death Rate from COVID vs Vax

https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/featured-topic/covid-19-vaccine-myths-debunked

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/20/health/covid-vaccine-95-effective.html

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa2034577

ALL of the vaccines help with these symptoms

Other resources on this topic: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

Vaccine Risks and Death Rate

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/25/980035707/lying-through-truth-misleading-facts-fuel-vaccine-misinformation

https://www.boomlive.in/world/fake-news-covid-19-vaccine-death-toll-cdc-20-years-vaccine-13254

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/few-would-fear-covid-vaccines-if-policy-makers-explained-their-risks-better/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

In Ontario, out of 8 million people who’d got the vaccine as of this date, 4 had died — 3 due to other causes of death https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/epi/covid-19-aefi-report.pdf?la=en

Risk of Blood Clot

Excess Deaths from COVID

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/210416/dq210416c-eng.ht

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/debunking-the-false-claim-that-covid-death-counts-are-inflated1/

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/florida-motorcyclist-covid-death/

Asymptomatic

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/fully-vaccinated-people.html

Nanotechnology

https://www.uab.edu/news/youcanuse/item/11771-debunking-the-myths-about-the-covid-19-vaccine

Microchips

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/17/technology/no-there-are-no-microchips-in-coronavirus-vaccines.html

Supplements

https://instagram.com/dr.tash.official

HQL

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-(covid-19)-hydroxychloroquine

More info: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-hydroxychloroquine

https://www.who.int/news/item/04-07-2020-who-discontinues-hydroxychloroquine-and-lopinavir-ritonavir-treatment-arms-for-covid-19

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-treatment-whats-in-development

Drug Treatment

https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m2980

Multiple other trials on how to treat COVID have been done or are in the works

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-research/

DNA

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/featured-topic/covid-19-vaccine-myths-debunked

https://www.chop.edu/news/long-term-side-effects-covid-19-vaccine

https://www.uwa.edu.au/news/article/2021/march/how-we-know-the-covid-vaccine-wont-have-long-term-side-effects

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines-myth-versus-fact

Fertility

https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/featured-topic/covid-19-vaccine-myths-debunked

Period

https://www.healthline.com/health/menstruation/can-covid-affect-your-period#covid-19-and-menstrual-cycles

https://www.bmj.com/content/373/bmj.n958/rr-2

https://immunizebc.ca/ask-us/questions/can-i-get-covid-19-vaccine-while-i-am-menstruating-having-my-period-will-it-affect

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

Being Around Vaccinated People

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

Risks from Getting COVID

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/if-youve-been-exposed-to-the-coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/older-adults.html

Mask Effectiveness

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/masking-science-sars-cov2.html

Texas

https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/618942

Likelihood of Not Getting it Because Haven’t Got it Yet

https://news.utexas.edu/2020/12/15/is-it-unethical-to-refuse-a-covid-19-vaccine/

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/man-who-dismissed-covid-19-and-then-survived-it-says-he-is-an-example-for-doubters-1.5143308

Vaccine Safety

https://pssjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13037-021-00291-9

https://toronto.ca/COVID19

https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

https://health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/vaccine-safety/

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/12/09/1013538/what-are-the-ingredients-of-pfizers-covid-19-vaccine/amp/?fbclid=IwAR2vACHUBQyXDxh_K-vYiTf5S1d-GbGM3U-ocKGNbKMudI56tKY4EQbk_HY

Delta Variant

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/06/21/us/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html

Other: https://www.google.ca/amp/s/beta.ctvnews.ca/national/coronavirus/2021/6/18/1_5476729.html

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/beta.ctvnews.ca/national/coronavirus/2021/6/18/1_5476910.html

Misinformation

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-021-01056-

https://www.chop.edu/news/long-term-side-effects-covid-19-vaccine

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/qanon-anti-vax-covid-vaccine-conspiracy-theory-1125197/

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama-health-forum/fullarticle/2779081

https://theconversation.com/covid-19-four-ways-to-respond-to-vaccine-sceptics-and-maybe-even-convince-them-150556

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0251605

https://www.saltwire.com/cape-breton/news/canada/just-12-anti-vaxxers-are-responsible-for-spreading-most-of-anti-vaccine-content-on-social-media-study-100589064/

https://firstdraftnews.org/articles/rabbit-hole/

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/05/23/why-do-covid-conspiracy-theories-like-post-vaccine-shedding-catch-on-how-misinformation-peddlers-have-broadened-their-allure.html

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/anti-vaxxers-facebook-youtube-instagram-806504/amp/

Conspiracy

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.thecut.com/amp/2021/02/anti-vaxx-conspiracy-theory-covid-vaccine.html

https://newrepublic.com/article/161830/vaccine-conspiracy-theory-republicans-qanon

Censorship

https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2020/doctors-cries-of-censorship-become-part-of-their-message/

Hodkinson

https://apnews.com/article/fact-checking-afs:Content:9765563716

https://apnews.com/article/fact-checking-afs:Content:9765563716

https://factcheck.afp.com/canadian-doctor-falsely-claims-pandemic-hoax

https://www.reddit.com/r/alberta/comments/jwil8y/dr_roger_hodkinson_this_is_the_biggest_hoax_ever/

https://newsroom.royalcollege.ca/clarification-on-statements-made-regarding-covid-19-by-dr-roger-hodkinson/

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/dr-roger-hodkinson-covid-hoax/

https://www.southpeacenews.com/covid-no-hoax-says-shandro/

Byram Bridle & Spike Proteins

www.byrambridle.com

Ethics, Lifestyle, Implications & More

https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/vaccine_safety/harm.htm

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid19-vaccine-hesitancy-12-things-you-need-to-know

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

https://www.statnews.com/2021/03/26/users-guide-covid-19-vaccine-hesitant/

https://www.statnews.com/2021/03/26/users-guide-covid-19-vaccine-hesitant/

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-vaccine-hesitancy-could-prolong-the-pandemic

https://news.utexas.edu/2020/12/15/is-it-unethical-to-refuse-a-covid-19-vaccine/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/herd-immunity-and-coronavirus/art-20486808

https://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/contributors/valley-voice/2021/03/06/voice-criminally-charge-covid-19-vaccine-refuseniks-anti-vaxxers/4570849001/

https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/father-of-5-dies-from-covid-19-after-being-hesitant-to-get-vaccine

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinstein/grief-for-people-who-refused-covid-vaccine

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-woman-who-refused-vaccine-urged-everyone-to-get-a-shot-before-dying-of-covid-19-1.5412867

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0117-owe-the-unvaccinated-20210115-uqqip6jzk5dqpgm7ivsen7lucy-story.html

https://www.refinery29.com/en-ca/2020/02/9376594/anti-vax-facebook-group-colorado-boy-flu-vaccine-death

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0117-owe-the-unvaccinated-20210115-uqqip6jzk5dqpgm7ivsen7lucy-story.html

https://www.refinery29.com/en-ca/2020/02/9376594/anti-vax-facebook-group-colorado-boy-flu-vaccine-death

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/whatifstop.htm

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-best-evidence-for-how-to-overcome-covid-vaccine-fears1/

https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/anti-vax-influencer-covid-19-vaccine-hesitancy/

Other links on this topic:

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/05/23/politics/vaccine-map-2020-election-analysis/index.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/12/04/covid-conspiracy-why-people-dont-believe-deadly-pandemic-misinformation/3803737001/

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeV7QR4v/

Family Relationships & Friendships re Vaccine

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2021/05/covid-19-vaccine-politics-are-tearing-apart-families.html

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6022537

How to Know Whether a News Source is Trustworthy

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-avoid-misinformation-about-covid-19-180974615/

BitChute

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitChute

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/mashable.com/article/what-is-bitchute.amp

https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2020arXiv200401984T/abstract

Vaccine Injury Support Program

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/vaccination-children/safety-concerns-side-effects.html#a5

Changing One’s Mind

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6049024

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-56762061

Other Resources

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/

TLDR

TLDR get the vaccine and save lives.

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