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6 important truths about COVID-19 vaccines

For many, distinguishing between fact and fiction is difficult. Olemedia/E+ via Getty Images

6 important truths about COVID-19 vaccines

For many, distinguishing between fact and fiction is difficult. Olemedia/E+ via Getty Images

6 important truths about COVID-19 vaccines

For many, distinguishing between fact and fiction is difficult. Olemedia/E+ via Getty Images

6 important truths about COVID-19 vaccines

For many, distinguishing between fact and fiction is difficult. Olemedia/E+ via Getty Images

One of the biggest barriers standing in the way of ending the pandemic isn’t medical or logistical. It’s the misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Sarah Lynch, Binghamton University, State University of New York and Kanneboyina Nagaraju, Binghamton University, State University of New York

One of the biggest barriers standing in the way of ending the pandemic isn’t medical or logistical. It’s the misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Demand for vaccine currently exceeds supply, but there are many people who are either unsure whether they should take the vaccine or staunchly against it. This is often because they have heard incorrect information about the vaccine or its effects.

Many experts estimate that between 70% and 90% of the population must be vaccinated to block the spread of the virus and reach herd immunity, which occurs when enough individuals are immune to a disease that it prevents its spread. If the American population is to achieve herd immunity, it is important to start dispelling myths so that when there is widespread access to the vaccine, people will not hesitate to get their shot.

We are an immunologist and pharmacist. Here are some of the facts behind some of the common myths that we have heard about the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines from patients, friends and family members.

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