A post has gone viral on social media claiming that common side effects experienced by COVID-19 vaccine recipients, and recipients of vaccines more generally, are signs that one’s body has been poisoned and it does not indicate that the vaccine is working.
The text embedded in the viral image reads, “Side effects are your body’s way of telling you it’s been poisoned. It’s not an indication that the vaccine is working.”
One of the Facebook posts was shared with a caption that reads, “Side effects are your body’s freak-out reactions when something is introduced that is harmful to it.”
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the viral image and found it to be false and misleading.
As explained here by the World Health Organization (WHO), “vaccines are designed to give you immunity without the dangers of getting the disease,” which means it is normal to have side effects ranging from mild to moderate.
“It’s common to experience some mild-to-moderate side effects when receiving vaccinations. This is because your immune system is instructing your body to react in certain ways,” says the article.
According to another article published by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection.”
According to Dr Melanie Swift, co-chair of Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution Work Group, a vaccine recipient experiences side effects because the “immune system is revving up and reacting”, just as it does when one gets sick.
We also found a tweet by the Ministry of Health, Government of India, in which they also clearly stated that “After vaccination, you may get minor side effects like cold and fever, which is absolutely normal. It indicates that your body is building immunity.”
Hence, it is evident from the above information that common side effects from COVID-19 vaccines do not indicate that one’s body has been poisoned, but rather that one’s immune system is responding.
However, we must reiterate that vaccination is a must and every eligible individual must get vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure we are able to defeat the Coronavirus pandemic.
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