COVID Update: Masks are still required in health care settings, even if you’re fully vaccinated. Read our FAQs.

Myths and Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccines (video)

COVID mythbusters dispel misinformation about COVID vaccines

COVID mythbusters dispel misinformation about COVID vaccines


It’s been well-documented by now that the COVID-19 vaccines have been very effective at preventing infection, severe illness and deaths. However, a portion of the population still remains unvaccinated for a variety reasons – including misinformation about the safety of the vaccines.


In this video, Ghazala Sharieff, MD, MBA, chief medical officer for acute care and clinical excellence at Scripps, and Mark Shalauta, MD, a family medicine physician and co-chair of the Scripps Medical Foundation Vaccine Committee, discuss and dispel common myths about the three FDA-approved vaccines: the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the two-shot mRNA vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna.


In the video, Drs. Sharieff and Shalauta debunk common myths such as:


  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines contain fetal cells.
  • COVID-19 vaccines can cause infertility.
  • You don’t need to get vaccinated if you already had COVID and recovered.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines can alter your DNA.
  • The vaccine contains a microchip.


“There is so much misinformation circulating that that is causing vaccine hesitancy,” according to Dr. Sharieff. “It is critical that people know the truth about how safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are in preventing severe illness and even death.”