Popular pastor and general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, have said that he would get vaccinated if it will help in furthering the gospel.
Speaking at his church’s monthly Holy Ghost convention, he said,
“I never said to you don’t be vaccinated, you have never heard that from me. Rather than living in fear or doubt, get vaccinated. If you believe that getting vaccinated would put your mind at rest, then go ahead.
“Daddy, are you saying that you too could be vaccinated? If there are nations in the world that say I cannot come to preach the gospel there because of vaccination, I will do anything for Jesus Christ.
“If vaccination is going to hinder me from doing the work that God has called me to do, if they asked me to get vaccinated 10 times, I would be vaccinated.”
For clarity sake, no matter your reason for trying to get vaccinated, just know that it is for a true cause and that you’re doing the right thing.
The rumor attached to taking the COVID-19 vaccine is hilarious, because vaccines are not new to human existence. In fact almost everyone living today must have taken one vaccine or the other in their life, yet they maintain a quality life. What then must be different from this one?
Before any medicine or vaccine is approved it goes through several trials and assessments. Even after they’re rolled out, studies are still carried out to ascertain that there are no serious adverse reactions to its use.
The COVID-19 vaccine hugely belongs to this category and it’s safe to say that the best brains around the world are continually at work on this vaccine.
Be that as it may, there are still several myths and misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Some of the myths and subsequent corrections were captured by the University of Missouri school of Medicine.
10 Myths and Facts about the COVID-19 vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe because it was developed so quickly.
Although the vaccines were developed in record time, they have gone through the same rigorous Food and Drug Administration process as other vaccines, meeting all safety standards. No steps were skipped. Instead, we can thank the unprecedented worldwide collaboration and investment for the shorter time frame on the development of the vaccines. The clinical trials and safety reviews actually took about the same amount of time as other vaccines.
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The COVID-19 vaccine includes a tracking device.
A video shared thousands of times on Facebook makes false claims about the products of syringe maker Apiject Systems of America, which has a contract with the government to provide medical-grade injection devices for vaccines. The company has an optional version of its product that contains a microchip within the syringe label that helps providers confirm a vaccine dose’s origin. The chip itself is not injected into the person getting the vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine will alter my DNA.
The vaccines in use contain messenger RNA (mRNA), which instructs cells to make the “spike protein” found on the new coronavirus. When the immune system recognizes this protein, it builds an immune response by creating antibodies — teaching the body how to protect against future infection. The mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept. The body gets rid of the mRNA soon after it’s finished using the instructions.
Once I receive the COVID-19 vaccine, I no longer need to wear a mask.
Masking, hand washing and physical distancing remain necessary in public until a sufficient number of people get vaccinated and develop immunity. Fully vaccinated people may however meet with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks. This is the reason why most companies are mandating their staff to get vaccinated before coming back to work.
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The COVID-19 vaccine has severe side effects such as allergic reactions.
When you get vaccinated your reaction to the vaccine may vary with others. General side effects often reported include muscle pain, chills, malaise and headache. A severe allergic reaction to the vaccine is extremely rare. That’s why experts recommend people with a history of severe allergic reactions — such as anaphylaxis — to the ingredients of the vaccine should not get the vaccination.
I’ve already been diagnosed with COVID-19, so I don’t need to receive the vaccine.
If you have already had COVID-19, there’s evidence that you can still benefit from the vaccine. At this time, experts don’t know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.
You can get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine because it doesn’t contain the live virus.
Once I receive the vaccine, I will test positive for COVID-19.
Viral tests used to diagnose COVID-19 check samples from the respiratory system for the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19. Since there is no live virus in the vaccines, the vaccines will not affect your test result. It is possible to get infected with the virus before the vaccine has had time to fully protect your body.
I’m not at risk for severe complications of COVID-19 so I don’t need the vaccine.
Regardless of your risk, you can still contract the infection and spread it to your loved ones and others, so it’s important you get vaccinated. Once the vaccine is widely available, it’s recommended that as many eligible adults as possible get the vaccine. It’s not only to protect you but your family and community as well.
Certain blood types have less severe COVID-19 infections, so getting a vaccine isn’t necessary.
Research has shown there is no reason to believe being a certain blood type will lead to increased severity of COVID-19. By choosing to get vaccinated, you are protecting not only yourself and your family but your community as well.
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