Clearing Up Misconceptions About The Covid Vaccine As More North Carolinians Become Eligible

CHARLOTTE, NC –  Everyone over the age of 16 in North Carolina will soon be eligible for the COVID vaccine. Gov. Roy Cooper making the announcement about the updated timeline during a Thursday news conference.

Group 5, which includes anyone over the age of 16 will be eligible to get the shot on April 7th.

“The vaccine is our path to recovery. It is the road to normalcy,” said Cooper.

As more people become eligible, clearing up misconceptions is essential.

“It’s almost like armor for people. You know, we get that one layer of protection,” said Dr. Lewis McCurdy with Atrium Health.

Dr. McCurdy encourages anyone who is eligible to get the shot.

“What we have learned over the last three to four months given a lot of vaccines is that these vaccines are safe,” Dr. McCurdy

As far as side effects go, Dr. McCurdy says people can expect some soreness at the injection site.

Other common COVID vaccine side effects include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, nausea.

Doctors say side effects will likely be worse following the second dose.

“I think what we can say is we have seen very few severe reactions,” said Dr. McCurdy.

There are also a lot of questions about fertility and the vaccine. In a joint statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, they write in part:

“…while fertility was not specifically studied in the clinical trials of the vaccine, no loss of fertility has been reported among trial participants or among the millions who have received the vaccines since their authorization, and no signs of infertility appeared in animal studies. Loss of fertility is scientifically unlikely.”

Women should also be aware of their scheduled mammogram when getting the vaccine. According to doctors from Novant health it is expected for lymph nodes to swell following the shot.

“What makes this a little tricky is that enlarged lymph nodes can be a sign of breast cancer,” said Dr. Amrita Develapalli.

Dr. Develapalli recommends women get their mammogram before the vaccine or rescheduled their mammograms.

“Again that is 4 to 6 weeks after the final dose of vaccine,” explained Dr. Develapalli.

Pregnant or nursing mothers should also be at ease when going to get the shot.

A recent study out of Massachusetts of 115 pregnant women found the shot to be effective and safe. With no worse side effects or risks to the mother or child.