Written by on October 5, 2021


Several claims have been made on social media about covid-19 vaccines side effects thus creating fear in people not going for vaccines.

Some of these side effects have been exaggerated including that they will die after two years thus creating fear and several research have been conducted by different organizations such as World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and found out that the side- effects are not severe and encourages people to go for the vaccines.

Majority of people who said they won’t receive a COVID-19 vaccine fear side effects more than the virus itself, as per the new poll by the Economist / You Gov.

The poll by the Economist/You Gov, conducted July 10-13 among 1,500 U.S. adults, asked people to describe their personal situation related to the COVID vaccine. Among those who said they wouldn’t be vaccinated, 90% said they were more concerned about possible side effects from the vaccine than they were impacts of COVID itself. More than 25% of fully vaccinated people believe the dangers of COVID-19 were exaggerated for political reasons, three times as many vaccine rejectors said that was the case.

According to the CDC, possible short-term side effects of the vaccine include pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.

Eighty-three percent of unvaccinated people said they have little or no worry about their risks of contracting the virus. Less than 1 in 10 of those who reject the vaccine trust medical advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s most prominent disease expert, and 1 in 5 trusts the Centers for Disease Control.

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