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Dr. Fauci Just Busted These Vaccine Myths

The Delta variant is more transmissible and thus more dangerous.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

The world's top infectious disease expert has become one that many Americans don't seem to trust, but that won't stop him from trying to save lives. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with Extra to try to get the word out: COVID-19 vaccines are good, get one, and don't believe these myths, he says. Read on for five essential pieces of advice that could save your life—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


No, the Side Effects are Not as Bad as COVID

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"No, no 630,000 people in this country have died from COVID-19, OK?" said Fauci. "The vaccine has minimal, minimal reactogenicity and very, very rare adverse events." Side effects usually include a pain in your arm and some fatigue for a day.

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No, Breakthrough Cases Shouldn't Stop You From Getting Vaccinated

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"No vaccine is a hundred percent protective," said Dr. Fauci. "So just on the basis of numerically alone, if there's 5% diminution in protection, you're going to get a lot of breakthrough infection." These breakthrough infections are said to usually result in less severe symptoms than if you got COVID and are not vaccinated.

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No, the Vaccine Was Not "Rushed"

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What to say to those who don't want to get vaccinated? "Don't confront them or accuse them or make them feel guilty about not getting vaccinated," said Dr. Fauci. "Now have a conversation about why it is that you don't want to get vaccinated. One of the most common one is that, well, you guys develop this vaccine too quickly. As a matter of fact, the basic and clinical science that went into the development of the vaccine started 20 years ago. So nothing was rushed."

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No, the Vaccine is Not "Bad" For Fertility

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"There is no evidence whatsoever, zero, that the vaccine diminishes fertility at all," said Dr. Fauci, "and we have indications of tens and tens of thousands of women who've gotten pregnant after vaccination."

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How to Stay Safe Out There

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Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek