COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to end the pandemic and reopen the economy.
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Myths & Realities
Myth: COVID-19 vaccine will cause you to be magnetic.
Reality: Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of your injection. All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals.
Myth: COVID-19 vaccines shed or release their components in or outside of the body.
Reality: Vaccine shedding can only occur when a vaccine contains a weakened version of the virus. None of the vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. contain a live virus.
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine will make it impossible for me to have a baby.
Reality: 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 female or male fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines. If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Myth: Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will alter your DNA.
Reality: COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. 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.
Myth: COVID-19 vaccines will cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests.
Reality: 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. 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.
ATTEND A VIRTUAL SESSION
COVID-19 tests are used to evaluate your health for COVID-19 infection and help public health agencies control the virus’ spread. Testing also helps identify specific areas and groups with higher rates of infection. Understanding these patterns is important to protect the public’s health and continue safely reopening the County.
Most testing locations do not require an appointment. Click below to use the map to find information on a testing location near you or call 2-1-1 (toll free).
TAKE THESE STEPS IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE SICK WITH COVID-19:
ISOLATE YOURSELF IF YOU CAN.
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.
Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness, hospitalization, or death due to COVID-19, including:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus