Let’s Talk Facts, Not Fiction


For those who feel unsure about getting the COVID-19 Vaccine, it is important to understand the science behind the vaccine. COVID-19 is dangerous and it does not discriminate. It can attack any age group, including yours. Know the facts, protect yourself and others, and get the vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts

Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
YES. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
YES. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. Experts also believe the COVID-19 Vaccine helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.

Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
NO. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

  • There are currently two types of COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for use in the United States: messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and a viral vector vaccine.
  • Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • The material NEVER enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept and cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way.

Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
NO. None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19.

Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
YES. If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may get a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta.
  • There is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of COVID-19 vaccines.

Will I have symptoms after getting the COVID-19 Vaccine?
MAYBE. COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

How do I make an appointment to get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
You can easily schedule your appointment to receive your vaccine at one of the McLeod Health convenient locations. Simply visit www.mcleodcovid.org.