MYTH: The COVID-19 vaccine enters your cells and changes your DNA.
FACT: The COVID-19 vaccines are designed to help your body’s immune system fight the coronavirus. The messenger RNA from two of the first types of COVID-19 vaccines does enter cells, but not the nucleus of the cells where DNA resides. The mRNA does its job to cause the cell to make protein to stimulate the immune system, and then it quickly breaks down — without affecting your DNA.
From the Mayo Clinic:
This myth is especially targeted at the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines — but the bottom line is that none of the COVID-19 vaccines can alter your DNA.
Both vaccines use mRNA to instruct our cells to make a piece of the coronavirus’s hallmark spike protein to spark an immune system response. Once the mRNA does that, our cells break it down and get rid of it.
“Messenger RNA is something that’s made from DNA, but it’s not designed to integrate with our DNA, and it doesn’t permanently change our genome and who we are in any way,” Dr. Stappenbeck says.Click here for full article.
Source:Johns Hopkins University Myth versus Fact page.
Doctors:Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention
Gabor Kelen, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response
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