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Vaccine myth busting

The coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines are safe and effective. Vaccines are the best protection for you, your family and your community.

Getting your vaccine

There are different ways to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Book online now for appointments at a vaccination centre, pharmacy or GP surgery.

If you can’t book online, you can call 119 free of charge, where you can speak to a translator if you need to.

The currently available vaccines are given in two doses. To get the best protection against Covid-19, you must have the two doses.

Local vaccination clinics

There is a local vaccination clinic taking place, you can find one near to you at the Kent and Medway CCG website.

Vaccine information helpline

Our vaccine information helpline has been set up to provide you with more information on the vaccine and answer any question you may have. This is provided by our partners Involve Kent with translation available if needed. 0330 320 4444. You cannot book your vaccine using this phone number.

Vaccine myths and rumours

There are several myths and rumours being circulated about the vaccine and its safety. It’s important to understand that all the Covid-19 vaccines have been developed safely. If you have any concerns about the vaccines, please speak to a medical professional or use our Vaccine Information Helpline

  • It was rushed and isn’t safe
    • Researchers took no safety shortcuts. Large studies show the vaccine is safe
  • It changes my DNA
    • It’s impossible for the vaccine to change your DNA
  • It can give you Covid-19
    • The vaccine doesn’t contain a live virus strain
  • It contains egg protein
    • It doesn’t contain egg proteins and can be given to people with allergies
  • It causes severe side effects
    • For most, the vaccine causes mild side effects that resolve in a few days
  • It makes women infertile
    • There is no evidence that the vaccine causes infertility
  • It contains alcohol
    • It doesn’t contain alcohol
  • It can’t be taken if you have existing health issues
    • Always contact your GP, if you have existing health issues
  • There is human and animal DNA in the vaccine
    • The Covid-19 vaccines do not contain human or animal DNA
  • There is a microchip inside the vaccine
    • There are no microchips inside the Covid-19 vaccines