COVID-19 Vaccines: Just the Facts! (Part 2)
We know there’s a lot of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines circulating around out there. Last week, we shared answers to some frequent questions we’ve been hearing here at DOH. As part of our ongoing efforts to dispel rumors and provide factual information, we’d like to answer a few more questions today. But as always, you should speak with your health care provider if you have other questions or concerns about the vaccines. They can help you decide what is best for you and your health.
Are there really microchips or tracking devices in the COVID-19 vaccine?
This rumor is as ridiculous as it sounds. There are not microchips or any other tracking devices in COVID-19 vaccines — or any others. Vaccines do not track people or collect any personal information. Any claims about microchips or tracking devices are simply myths from science fiction stories.
Many providers do use electronic immunization records to log vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccine. These are not tracking devices, but simply records of your vaccination. Providers maintain these electronic records in secure health databases and the Washington state registry. The records are used to let you know when you’re due for a vaccine and to help public health officials predict disease outbreaks. For more information about immunization records for your family, visit our Family Immunization Information page. Once you’re enrolled, you can check your family’s vaccination records at My Immunization Registry, also known as MyIR.
Can home remedies prevent COVID-19 and protect me from getting sick?
There are no home remedies that can prevent or cure COVID-19. You may see rumors or advertisements about remedies online, but these are myths. There is no evidence supporting claims that vitamin supplements, foods, or other potions can protect you from COVID-19. Please don’t waste your money on these scams or rumors.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get the vaccine. You should also follow other coronavirus guidelines like washing your hands, wearing a mask, and staying away from others. Talk to your provider if you have questions about protecting yourself from COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19, talk to your provider about managing your symptoms. And stay home — except to get a test or medical care. For more information, read our guidance about what to do if you have or think you have COVID-19.
More facts to come!
We know there are lots of myths and misinformation going around about COVID-19 and vaccines. And we want to make sure you have all the information you need before you get the shot. Stay tuned for more blog posts with answers to your questions!
In the meantime, you can read part one of this blog series or check out our Frequently Asked Questions to get the facts.
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Check the state’s COVID-19 website for up-to-date and reliable info at coronavirus.wa.gov.
For more information about the vaccine, visit CovidVaccineWA.org. Check the vaccine locator tool to find out if it’s your turn for the vaccine and see a list of places where you can get it. The COVID-19 vaccine is provided at no cost to you.
WA Notify can alert you if you’ve been near another user who tested positive for COVID-19. Add WA Notify to your phone today: WANotify.org
Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state may be found at our website. You can also contact the Department of Health call center at 1–800–525–0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday — Sunday and observed state holidays. Language assistance is available.