Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe? Can it give me COVID-19? There are a lot of myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. Get the facts.

Coronavirus Updates, Your Health | 3 months ago

COVID-19 Vaccine: Myths vs. Facts

Is it safe? Can it give me COVID-19? There are a lot of myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. Get the facts.

Since this is your first time getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you probably have questions. Is it safe? Can it give me COVID-19? Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and it’s difficult to know what’s true.

Here are the facts behind some of the myths you might’ve heard. If you still have questions, check out our COVID-19 vaccine resource page.


MYTH ❌: The COVID-19 vaccine is not safe because it was made quickly.

FACT ✔️: The COVID-19 vaccine was made based on many years of work. While steps were done quickly, no steps were skipped.  

MYTH ❌: The COVID-19 vaccine will change my DNA. 

FACT ✔️: The COVID-19 vaccine is a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine. This means, it only tells your body how to fight the virus. The vaccine cannot do anything to change your DNA. 

MYTH ❌: The COVID-19 vaccine can give you COVID-19. 

FACT ✔️: The COVID-19 vaccine does not have the virus in it. 

You may have some side effects that last a short period of time. These can be things like a sore arm, headache or feeling tired and achy for 1 to 2 days. The vaccine will not cause loss of taste and/or smell or congestion. You will mostly have these side effects after the 2nd dose.  

MYTH ❌: The COVID-19 vaccine will fully protect me from COVID-19.

FACT ✔️: The vaccine may keep you from getting sick. We do not know if you can still carry and give the virus to others.   

Keep wearing a mask, washing your hands and social distancing to stay healthy.   

MYTH ❌: The COVID-19 vaccine costs too much. 

FACT ✔️: There is no direct cost to anyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • If you have insurance, the cost to get the shot will be paid by your insurance. There will be no cost to you. 
  • If you do not have insurance, the cost to get the shot can be paid for by the Provider Relief Fund. There will be no cost to you. 

Still have questions or ready to get the vaccine? Check out our COVID-19 vaccine resources.