Myth: COVID-19 vaccine can cause infertility or miscarriages!
The rumors surrounding COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines are a major cause of worry for health authorities around the world. But, the one about COVID vaccine-related infertility and miscarriage is dangerous as it has managed to sow the seed of doubt among coronavirus patients, especially COVID-positive women. Also Read: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 85% effective after single shot, no longer needs ultra-cold storage
Why should you care: As governments around the world start their COVID-19 vaccine program, pregnant women or the ones in the same age group have emerged as a major roadblock. The concerns will delay countries to vaccinate enough people to put the pandemic behind us. Also Read: Researchers at IIT Hyderabad predict lifetime of SARS-CoV-2 droplets in different environmental conditions
Broad view: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given emergency use authorization to both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines are also effective against mutations of coronavirus, including the UK and the South African variant. The cases in the US are rising by 73,000 per day. Besides, herd immunity is still a long way off in the US and false claims are making it difficult to vaccinate enough people. Also Read: COVID-19 pandemic: Learn to live with coronavirus as new variant is on course to ‘sweep the world’
The major source of fake news related to vaccines is social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and messenger apps like WhatsApp. Fake news and posts on these platforms have distorted information, particularly around mRNA vaccines for COVID-19. Some posts talk about COVID-19 vaccines altering human DNA and affecting the newborn or causing possible miscarriage or infertility. Then, there are posts or people who go as far as calling pandemic a hoax.
According to the KFF report, a small section of people (13%) believe that the COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to cause infertility. Also Read: We now have 4,000 new variants of coronavirus that causes COVID-19!