Alamogordo Town News Health Update: Facts Verses Myths & Ortero County Vaccination Rates
Walking down the street, sitting in a coffee shop or while shopping at Walmart we encounter lots of conversations and lots of misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccination programs. Below is facts verses fiction directly from the CDC which is the world standard in infectous disease control and infection prevention, study and analysis. When an outbreak of any exotic, rare, widely infectous or questionable disease or illness happens anywhere in the world the United States Center for Disease Controll is called in to review, respond and recommend steps to treatment or prevention of spread. The US CDC is the world standard. While wild conspiracies and politics dominate domestic faith in the CDC the rest of the world still looks to it as the leader, the gold standard and the source of realtime data and accurate information on disease prevention and treatment. Locals can debate all they want the fact remains scientists, doctors, corporate and political world leaders in every nation recognize the unbiased science related approach the CDC takes on issues of public health and every health department around the world looks to guidance and leadership in disease tracking and leadership from the CDC. As such what follows is their worldwide guidance to myths and the facts related to the Covid-19 vaccinations:
Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
Yes. If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you.
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.
Like all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects now and will continue to study them for many years.
Can being near someone who received a COVID-19 vaccine affect my menstrual cycle?
No. Your menstrual cycle cannot be affected by being near someone who received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Many things can affect menstrual cycles, including stress, changes in your schedule, problems with sleep, and changes in diet or exercise. Infections may also affect menstrual cycles.
Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.
There are currently two types of COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized and recommended for use in the United States: messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and a viral vector vaccine. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the genetic material in the vaccines cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. All COVID-19 vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease.
Do any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States shed or release any of their components?
No. Vaccine shedding is the term used to describe the release or discharge of any of the vaccine components in or outside of the body. Vaccine shedding can only occur when a vaccine contains a weakened version of the virus. None of the vaccines authorized for use in the United States contain a live virus.
The mRNA and viral vector vaccines are the two types of currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines available.
Learn more about how mRNA COVID-19 vaccines work.
Learn more about how viral vector vaccines work.
After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. Neither can any of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States.
If your body develops an immune response to vaccination, which is the goal, you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.
Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.
- CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
- If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.
Millions of people have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine
Over 285 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the United States from December 14, 2020, through May 24, 2021.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). Learn more about EUAs in this videoexternal icon.
Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines since they were authorized for emergency use by FDA. These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
62.4% of the US Population has now had at least one vaccination.
As of May 29th, 1:55 pm the CDC reports that the US has had 590,595 deaths related to Covid-19.
Per the New Mexico Department of Health as of May 29th, 57.66% or 1.2 Million New Mexicans have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. 47.76% of the population is fully vaccinated.
The five counties with the highest percentage of their population fully vaccinated in New Mexico as of May 17 are Los Alamos County (63%), Harding County (54%), Taos County (54%), Santa Fe County (52%) and Sandoval County (51%).
We all want to get back to work and get back to normal however Ortero County is slacking!
43.8 % of Otero County residents who have taken at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot and 33.6% are fully vaccinated, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
Put the conspiracy theories away and lets follow the science, 285 Million doses have already been administered in the United States. There is NO evidence of wide spread issues with the vaccination. Rumors, inuendo and conspiracies are not credible science. Millions are getting back to normal and life is returning to normal. Ortero County and Alamogordo residence needs to support their government and each other as they claim to have done throughout its history via the Atom Bomb development. It is one's patriotic duty to vaccinate and help protect those around them just as important as victory gardens and war bonds were to the efforts of WW II.
Do your duty. Protect yourself and one another. Get vaccinated!