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The COVID-19 vaccines are new, and it is very normal for people to have questions. The amount of information – and misinformation – can be overwhelming. However, we need to build vaccine confidence because each and every vaccinated person helps us move safely past the pandemic.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine approved too quickly to be safe?

The vaccines are safe.

Creating a COVID-19 vaccine has meant many people around the world worked together like never before. They also had much more funding than usual from different governments contributing. This has allowed scientists to complete years of work in just months, without missing any steps. Vaccines are only allowed in Australia after being tested and found to be safe and effective. All vaccines continue to be quality tested and monitored for safety.


Can the COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19?

The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain live virus and cannot give you COVID-19.

The vaccines pretend to be the real virus and teach your body how to defend itself. This will help stop you from getting really sick and going to hospital, or even dying, if you do contract the virus.


Do we know what is in the COVID-19 vaccine?

We do know every ingredient that is in the vaccines.

All vaccines have their ingredients published on the internet. The vaccines are mostly water, with salt – the same kind that goes on hot chips, and sugar like you may put in your coffee. There are also fats that protect the active part of the vaccine and help it get into your cells, so it can work. These ingredients often have very long names like distearoylphosphatidylcholine – there is a lot of science involved, but you should not be worried.

There is no graphene oxide, gluten, egg, wheat, bee venom, latex in the vaccines. There are no animal products and the COVID-19 vaccines are halal.


What’s the point if there are new strains?

The vaccines are providing good protection against the new strains.

Two doses of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine are very effective in protecting people from becoming seriously ill with the new variants, including the Delta strain.


Will the COVID-19 vaccine change my DNA?

COVID-19 vaccines can’t change your DNA.

The vaccines deliver instructions to your cells to build protection (immunity) against the coronavirus. This does not happen in the part of your cells where your DNA is. Your cells permanently destroy the vaccine after the instructions are delivered.


Can the COVID-19 vaccine make a magnet stick to your arm?

Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine does not make you magnetic – anywhere on your body.

COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any magnetic ingredients that could do this. You would need a lot of metal to attract a magnet. What you might have seen on TikTok is just a trick.

People take multivitamins which often contain iron. This doesn’t make them magnetic because they are so diluted and spread through your body. Piercings also place metal in your body and that doesn’t make you magnetic either.


Does the COVID-19 vaccine contain a microchip to track me?

A microchip would not fit through the vaccine needle.

This myth is based on a fake video circulating on social media.


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