Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: COVID vaccine myth vs. fact

You’ve heard a lot of information swirling around about the COVID-19 vaccine, so we’re ready to bust some myths and give you the facts. Myth: COVID-19 vaccines will alter my DNA. Wrong! The fact is mRNA vaccines work by instructing cells in the body how to make a protein that triggers an immune response, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Injecting mRNA into your body will not interact or do anything to the DNA of your cells. Human cells break down and get rid of the mRNA soon after they have finished using the instructions. There is not a “microchip” in the vaccine that tracks people and/or gathers information.

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