Busting up the myths: Separating vaccine fact from fiction
Published on April 27, 2021
Each Tuesday throughout COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness & Education Month, we'll be unmasking some of today's most prevalent vaccination myths to provide our community with medically sound, CDC-backed truths about the vaccine.
Today, we're shattering another widespread vaccine falsehood that's circulating far and wide:
MYTH: Only the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions need to get the vaccine.
TRUTH: Just because a person is young and healthy doesn't negate the fact that they also should be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Sure, their immune systems may be more robust, but they can still contract the coronavirus and quite possibly become very sick. While it's certainly less common, people in this population can and do die from the disease.
On top of that, we need to shoot for herd immunity via the vaccine. That's the point at which the virus will significantly slow -- and hopefully even stop -- its spread. (BTW: Scientists like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, say that we would need roughly 70% to 85% of the population to be fully vaccinated against the virus to reach that much-anticipated status.)
For what it's worth: As of April 25, 47.49% of the Texas state population had been vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard. Some 17,257,359 doses had been given to people by a COVID-19 vaccine provider. Here in Tarrant County, 17% of residents (356,206 people) had been fully vaccinated as of April 21. And shots in arms are increasing by the day.
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