COVID-19 Vaccines: Community Myths Vs Facts

  • Syed Waqar Abbas Combined Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Syeda Fatimah Zareen Combined Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Shazia Nisar Combined Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Aliya Farooq Combined Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Abdul Rasheed Combined Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Umer Saleem Combined Military Hospital Mangla/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
Keywords: COVID-19, Misconception, Pandemic, Vaccine

Abstract

Objective: To determine the reasons for hesitancy regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Combined Military Hospital, Rawalpindi Pakistan, from Feb to Jun 2021.

Methodology: After Ethical Committee approval, 100 respondents were recruited, regardless of vaccination status, and requested to respond to 27 different myths and queries circulating about COVID-19 vaccines.

Results: Mean age of participants was 36.25 ± 5.77 years, ranging from 15-80 years. Fifty-three were males and 47 females. 41% of subjects trusted the Sino-pharm vaccine, and 25% preferred Pfizer Bio N Tech, while 34% could not answer due to the lack of knowledge. 55% subjects showed concern about catching the infection from Vaccination. 54% considered vaccines unsafe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. 29% believed it unsafe for the elderly and those with comorbidities. 14% believed it could cause autism in children and infertility in adults. 62% individuals acknowledged that vaccines have no nano chips to track patients. 46% opined that vaccines were rushed through trials and had doubtful efficacy. 11% individuals thought vaccines could alter DNA, while most were aware of this false concept. 28% considered that vaccines were needless because recovery from COVID-19 was excellent, while 63% emphasised the need for Vaccination. 23% deemed the side effects of
vaccines more dangerous than the disease itself. 85% individuals favoured use of mask and social distancing after getting the vaccine.

Conclusion: Strong efforts are needed to support the COVID-19 vaccine and to eliminate negative propaganda on media outlets.

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Published
2022-05-01
How to Cite
Abbas, S., Zareen, S., Nisar, S., Farooq, A., Rasheed, A., & Saleem, M. (2022). COVID-19 Vaccines: Community Myths Vs Facts. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (PAFMJ), 72(2), 497-500. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72i2.6970
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