Tips for separating COVID-19 vaccine fact from fiction

This piece was previously posted on the Health Feed blog.

Despite what some online articles and social media outlets suggest, COVID-19 vaccines do not contain tracking devices, nor will they cause infertility or alter your DNA. Those and other claims about the vaccines are simply false.

In fact, a wealth of scientific research demonstrates that the vaccines are safe and highly effective at keeping you from becoming seriously ill. Yet some people are not getting the protection they need because they think myths about the vaccines are true.

“Unlike many other types of misinformation, health misinformation surrounding vaccines can have real, immediate harms, potentially even resulting in a preventable death,” says misinformation expert Ben Lyons, Ph.D., an assistant professor of communications at the University of Utah.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell fact from fiction. Lyons offers simple tips that can help. If you are still unsure whether health information is accurate, it’s better to slow the spread of potential misinformation by choosing not to share it. If you have questions, talk with your health care provider.

Separating fact from fiction

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Julie Kieferassociate director, Science Communications, University of Utah Health