Buckle up, web-peeps. Lots to cover today. – 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲:
𝟏. 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐃𝐍𝐀?
𝟐. 𝐃𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 “𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥” 𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐤?
𝟑. 𝐃𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐬?
𝟒. 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐞 (𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐱-𝐏𝐟𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐜?)?
𝟓. 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨-𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐬, 𝟓𝐆, 𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫-𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬?
***And, a note on how to figure out what’s true or not.***
There’s so much circulating about the vaccines that are simply untrue. These myths about vaccines have been around a long time (and used for a long time to induce fear about vaccines) and are not new to many of us in science. But, they are probably new to a lot of you. And, the myths are couched in fancy memes, production videos, or “science articles”. It’s hard to figure out what’s real or not. So, lemme help.
✅ 𝟏. 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐃𝐍𝐀? No. If you have seen the video circulating about Bill Gates saying this, it’s not true. The mRNA vaccines (like the Moderna and Pfizer ones) have a molecule that tells our body’s cells what to build against an “intruder” like COVID-19 – this is in the form of mRNA. This code is recognized by our immune system and prepares it to fight the real thing. It won’t change our DNA – It just tells our immune system to produce a defense mechanism against COVID-19 if we need it. It’s like we are stock-piling medicine in our medicine cabinets if we need it – but, not changing the lay-out of our house. Additionally, RNA cannot enter human DNA to change it because mRNA cannot enter a cells nucleus (which houses DNA). So, biologically it can’t change our DNA. mRNA technology have been tested since 2003 and are also being tested against cancer. Goodness, that would be a huge win for many of our families if that pans out for cancer. Again, it won’t change our DNA – it simply tells our immune systems what to fight and how to fight.
✅ 𝟐. 𝐃𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 “𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥” 𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐤? No, the mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) do have not real virus. It might make us feel crummy for a few days because your body is producing antibodies against it (we’ll talk about that in Post 6) – but, it does not contain the real virus to make us sick with COVID-19. So, don’t believe that myth. The mRNA simply tells our body’s immune system what to get ready for, like an instruction manual. But, you CANNOT get sick with COVID-19 from the vaccine. Biologically, there’s no way for that to happen through the instruction manual of a mRNA vaccine.
✅ 𝟑. 𝐈𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐬? This myth is not new and has been used to increase fear and anti-science sentiments about vaccines for a LONG time. So, this one wasn’t new to me but might me new to you. I want to be sensitive in talking about this one since it is a main concern for many of you. The historical context of this myth is important for us to understand and disentangle. Fetal cell lines derived from decades ago (the 1970s – not current fetal cells from current abortions) can be used in vaccine development in three stages: development, confirmation, and production. This is an important distinction when we talk about vaccines and part of a larger conversation, especially in faith communities. We can talk about that in a different post. But, it’s important to distinguish what is used in a lab setting (development and confirmation) is different that what is produced and injected in us in the form of a vaccine. For Moderna and Pfizer, fetal cells from the 70s (not current fetal tissues) are used in the confirmation phase, but not the other two phases. Fetal cells are not used in the Moderna and Pfizer production phases (see sources below). So, you won’t be injected with any of them. BTW, these cell lines have been used to develop other vaccines you get (shingles, rubella) and other drugs used against cystic fibrosis and arthritis. In the faith community, we have to be careful believing the myths about fetal cells without the full context and history. Again, part of a larger conversation that is not well understood.
✅ 𝟒. 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐞? No. This myth has been used for years to scare people away from vaccines. The mRNA technology signals your body to produce a defense mechanism against COVID-19. But, the myth circulating is that the same proteins for the virus is the same proteins in the placenta and that the body will be confused – that’s not true. The myth is that your body will attack the placenta (and, then fertility) if you get the vaccine. Our bodies are smarter than that though. The placenta and COVID-19 do have similarities BUT they need LOTS more than that for the body to be confused. It’s like saying my house looks the same as my neighbors – but, the insides look totally different. That matters when it comes to our bodies and our bodies know the difference. Well done, immune systems! COVID-19 and the placenta spike proteins may look similar, but not similar enough (at all) for the body to cause infertility because you get a vaccine. I also want to point out that there are risks to your reproductive health (men and women) if you get COVID-19. So, the reproductive risks are higher with the real COVID infection than the vaccine.
✅ 𝟓. 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐬, 𝟓𝐆, 𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫-𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬? No, no, and I wish (but no). I would love some super-powers to snap my fingers and all the laundry is done like Mary Poppins – can I get an amen. This myth is not new either and this has been used for a while against Bill Gates and GAVI (the main global vaccine distributor and advocacy organization that distributes MILLIONS of vaccines to children around the world at risk of polio and other debilitating diseases that most of us in the US do not see). No microchips, 5G, or super-powers are injected in the COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines are not designed to be used as any form of government control or liberal agenda and have never discussed as such. They are designed to save lives.
*** A good way to figure out if something is false is to look at what websites and sources the information is coming from. If you google some of these conspiracy theories, you can ONLY find them on certain websites with a strong anti-vax agenda, far-fetched political ideologies, or funding from places like with biased research/science (like AIER or the RFK Jr group). This isn’t me being political. I’m trying to help you figure out what is true or not. If you google some of these theories, just look at the names of the sites and you can pretty much figure out if there’s a “bent” or “agenda” from the site. I tried it out on one of the myths – and the first 30 sites that showed up had titles that strongly suggested a certain agenda – and I didn’t know any of these sites as being reputable. If you click on several of the sites, you can tell the “bent”. So, look BEYOND what you are reading to who is posting it and who is NOT posting it. The groups can be sneaky and look legit and science-ey. I know it might be hard to figure out who belongs to what group.
Look also to see who is NOT posting about those conspiracy theories. Do you hear our experts who have earned the right to speak on these things talk about it? Fauci, Hotez, Gupta, Osterholm, Op Ward Speed group, Birx,….Are non-partisan science groups posting these theories out? No, they are not. So, be careful. The anti-science groups are sneaky and have been for a long-time – especially when it comes to vaccines.
I’m not saying don’t question anything. There’s legitimate questions and concerns when it comes to vaccines – as a person in the faith community, as a mom who looked at the vaccine science for my own kids, I get that. As a person who is looking at the COVID-19 vaccines very carefully because I want to make sure it’s safe for my older family members and kids, I get that. I want them to be safe for my family just like you do for yours. So do the vaccine developers and their families. So does the FDA and their families. As a person who has friends with autoimmune issues and needs to ask questions, I get that. I am saying use knowledge, wisdom, and mounds of science in forming your conclusions. Just because one person said it (or one group) doesn’t make it truth. Listen to the majority.
Coming up…Post 6 will talk about long-term side effects and a bit more on the biotechnology advancements of mRNA vaccines of how they work. We’ll also talk about if you should still get the vaccine if you’ve had COVID-19 (short answer = yes).
-Friendly neighbor epidemiologist
✅ 𝐕𝐀𝐂𝐂𝐈𝐍𝐄 𝐒𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 (𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥-𝐭𝐡𝐞-𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭):
𝐏𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝟏 – 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐝 𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬: 𝐕𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝟏𝟎𝟏 https://tinyurl.com/y27txvro
𝐏𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝟐 – 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧? 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤? https://tinyurl.com/y2vte5lz
𝐏𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝟑 – 𝐖𝐡𝐨𝐚, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐤, 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭? 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐞 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞? https://tinyurl.com/y2awosyn
𝐏𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝟒 – “𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐈 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐞? 𝐀𝐧𝐝, 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐚 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭?” 𝐀𝐧𝐝, 𝐚 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠. https://tinyurl.com/y39cbptv
Great article on mRNA technology: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/11/vaccines-end-covid-19-pandemic-sight/617141/
mRNA technology and cancer research: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03072-8
Fetal cells Christian Medical and Dental Association’s statement on ethical vaccines: https://cmda.org/coronavirus/