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Clearing up myths, misconceptions about coronavirus vaccine

A doctor prepares a dose of COVID vaccine

A doctor prepares a dose of COVID vaccine on Jan. 11 at the NYPD Police Academy in College Point, Queens. Credit: Jeff Bachner

Myths and misconceptions about the coronavirus have permeated the pandemic since the first cases of a mysterious severe acute respiratory syndrome emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.

Now, more than a year later, there is a new round of misconceptions and misinformation surrounding the vaccination. Here are the facts.

If everyone got infected, wouldn't humans develop herd immunity naturally, without the need for a vaccine?

Once vaccinated, aren't we free from taking precautions such as wearing face masks and practicing social distance?

Isn't the vaccine unnecessary for people who have already recovered from COVID-19?

Don't the vaccines alter human DNA?

Is it true that the COVID-19 vaccines contain an injected microchip tracker that could monitor people?

Isn’t everyone at equal risk of getting the coronavirus, regardless of blood type?

Is fertility affected by the vaccine?

Are pregnancy and breastfeeding impacted by the vaccination?

Is it true eating burnt orange peel can help restore sense of smell after having the virus?

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