Millions of Americans are finally being vaccinated at an accelerating rate. And, as a result, many businesses are reopening their doors, and those who lost their jobs are returning to their old jobs or finding employment in other sectors.
These are great news for the economy and business owners alike.
But there are many COVID vaccine myths that can hinder this economic recovery.
As a business owner, understanding these myths and knowing why they’re untrue can help you talk to your employees about getting vaccinated and will allow your business to continue operating.
Vaccines and the Economy
Before listing the COVID vaccine myths, let’s talk about the progress of the reopening of the economy.
Since the USA started vaccinating six months ago, 39.7% of Americans have received the necessary doses and are fully immunized to this date. As Biden’s vaccination program progresses, more states ease their restrictions on businesses and put plans in place to reopen their economies.
Consequently, employment has been growing at a sustained rate since February. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there was a rise of 266,000 jobs just in April. While this is a modest figure compared to the forecasts, it could rise to one or even two million per month during the summer.
Consumer confidence is also growing. Driven by the economic stimuli from the government, low and middle-income households are spending more on goods and services.
In fact, experts believe that consumer spending could reach more than 9% this year, which would be a record.
The outlook for 2021’s economy looks promising.
But there could be some obstacles that could affect that outlook. Fake news and COVID vaccine myths would slow the economic recovery, affecting small businesses and big companies alike.
Let’s debunk some of these COVID vaccine myths.
5 COVID vaccine myths and the truth behind them
Although the benefits for the general population and the economy of being vaccinated are unquestionable, certain COVID vaccine myths might hamper the rollout. This slows down the recovery of the economy.
These myths could also affect your small business, as employees might feel unsure about getting vaccinated, and that could affect clients or even your sales. By understanding the truth behind these myths can help you talk to your employees.
Below we list some of those COVID vaccine myths and tear them down.
Myth 1: If I get the vaccine, I can stop taking precautions
Truth: The reality is that even if you’ve had a vaccine, you could still get coronavirus and spread it. What the vaccine does is that it minimizes symptoms and prevents you from getting really sick.
That is why it is important to continue
- keeping social distancing
- washing hands continuously
- the use of masks, in certain situations, like closed, crowded, or poorly ventilated spaces
In your business, following protocols like these ensures that workers and customers feel safe and that the economy remains open. An outbreak of COVID-19 in your business could lead the authorities to close it temporarily.
Myth 2: I already had COVID, I don’t need the vaccine
Truth: Even if you had COVID-19 in the past, you should still get a vaccine. It is not 100% clear how long the natural immunity obtained by contracting coronavirus lasts because it can vary from person to person.
Given the health risks posed by the virus, coupled with the fact that re-infection is possible, getting the vaccine is the best thing to do.
Myth 3: Vaccine side effects are dangerous
Truth: COVID-vaccines can have side effects, but they are short-term, not serious, and not dangerous. Some people have experienced symptoms that did not last more than two days:
- pain in the spot where they received the vaccine
Serious allergic reactions to compounds used in a vaccine can rarely occur. Experts recommend that those with a history of severe allergic reactions should talk to their doctors to be sure.
There are also some more serious side effects, like very few cases of thrombosis. But the percentages are so small that experts agree that the advantages outweigh the minimal risks.
Myth 4: Scientists developed the vaccine too quickly, and it is not safe
Truth: This is perhaps one of the most dangerous COVID vaccine myths. The myth has generated unfounded fears in the population. Here are some facts that debunk this myth:
- The methods for developing the vaccines are not new; therefore, laboratories could start processing immunizers early in the pandemic.
- Scientists knew the genetic information of COVID-19 almost from the beginning of the pandemic so they could quickly begin working on vaccines.
- From the start, laboratories had financial backing from governments to invest in research, extensive testing, and the manufacture of vaccines.
- The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, rigorously ensured that all COVID vaccines went through the same process as any other vaccine to ensure the highest safety standards.
Learn more about how the accelerated vaccine process worked.
Myth 5: The COVID vaccine contains foreign elements and substances
Truth: This is one of the COVID vaccine myths that worry most people because it is based on the false belief that the vaccine contains substances or elements that could permanently harm them.
For example, there is a belief that the vaccine modifies DNA.
While many vaccines use a messenger RNA (or mRNA) method, this component cannot change the DNA; it simply tells your body how to create spike proteins so your body can learn how to fight COVID on its own. Just imagine that it’s a messenger with a recipe.
There is also another belief that the vaccine contains implants, microchips, or tracking devices.
But the truth is that the vaccine does not contain any of these elements. Even the federal government and the CDC cannot keep nor monitor a person’s immunization records.
Other COVID vaccine myths that you should not believe
- It’s not true that the vaccine causes COVID-19
- Another myth is that it causes infertility in women
Learn here more about in which cases employers may require their employees to vaccinate.
COVID-19 Vaccines Can Save Lives and Strengthen the Economy
The population is receiving the coronavirus at an accelerating rate. As a result, the country’s economy recovers after a long period of anxiety and uncertainty. Experts are optimistic about the future.
But COVID vaccine myths are still spreading. Don’t believe them! The vaccines are safe, and some are up to 95% effective.
Finally, don’t forget to comply with all safety measures in your business, such as wearing masks, social distancing, and handwashing to save lives and improve the economy’s health.
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