“I don’t see how the vaccine can be safe with how fast it was developed.”
“Didn’t you hear Bill Gates is putting trackers in the vaccine? Say goodbye to your freedom now.”
“It’s not worth the risk of deportation.”
Do any of these myths sound familiar? If your social media is anything like mine, then you can probably recall at least three more off the top of your head. Every day I log in online, I’m confronted with more reasons not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While some of these suspiciously sound like conspiracy theories, others are more subtle and worrying. So how do we know if they’re true? Well, we need to #RelyonReal.
#RelyonReal is a social media campaign with the purpose of spreading facts about the COVID-19 vaccine to combat any misleading myths or misinformation—something I had not been too concerned about because I knew I wasn’t going to be eligible for vaccination any time soon. Then President Biden announced that he wanted all adults to be eligible for the vaccine by May 1st. Suddenly, ‘any time soon’ was happening much faster than I thought possible.
To help myself make this decision of whether or not to be vaccinated, I compiled a list of resources divided into four sections that address many of the popular myths I’ve been hearing: 1.) myths that the vaccine is unsafe; 2.) myths that the vaccine contains a chip/implant; 3.) myths that the vaccine will cause deportation; and 4.) myths that the vaccine will affect personal freedoms. Even though I included three or so resources per myth, I promise that there are many other resources out there.