LEE COUNTY, Fla. – President Biden last week required all businesses with over 100 employees to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or submit to COVID testing once a week.
Governor Ron Desantis held a news conference in Gainesville Monday to oppose any kind of vaccine mandate.
After his opening statements, the governor brought some public workers on stage to share their thoughts on a vaccine mandate. The first man to speak slipped in this quick line, with an alarming bit of misinformation:
CLAIM: “The vaccine changes your RNA. So for me, that’s a problem.”
FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not change, or even interact with your RNA or your DNA in any way. The mRNA that goes into the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is made in a lab. Just like artificial antibodies are made in a lab for the Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody treatment that Governor Desantis has promoted lately.
To understand what the mRNA does – it helps to think of the genetic material as a blueprint. And think of your cells as construction workers. When you get the Pfizer or Moderna shot your cell gets a blueprint or instructions on how to properly start building protection against COVID-19. It does this WITHOUT exposing you to the virus. The mRNA never enters the nucleus of our cells, which is where the DNA is kept.
We reached out to the governor’s office about that man’s false claim. They responded saying: “The governor has never said the vaccine changes your RNA. This is not the governor’s opinion.”
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As for the Governor himself, he went on to say that natural immunity is better or stronger than immunity from the vaccine. Saying in part:
CLAIM: “This is not about science because if it was about science – you would realize the infection conferred immunity that people like Jonathan have. Israel did a study they said it was much much more protective than the Pfizer vaccine was. Cleveland Clinic did a study…same thing. Every single credible study always shows that it provides good protection.”
FACT: Both of the studies the Governor referred to have been deemed misleading by health experts. Let’s start with the Israeli study:
The claim here is that natural immunity from the virus, or naturally occurring antibodies after you recover, is superior to the antibodies you gain by vaccination. This is highly misleading because it disregards the primary benefit of vaccines: Providing immunity WITHOUT exposing the person to the risks associated with COVID-19. Also, health experts said the methods in this study were flawed. The researchers compared the number of COVID-19 cases in previously infected people, with the number of cases in vaccinated people. This is not enough to determine which group is better protected against the disease.
This comparison between vaccinated and recovered patients is meaningless without considering other important factors. Infection in both of these groups tends to be pretty mild since they already have some protection against the virus. That doesn’t mean one is better than the other. In fact, health experts argue immunity by vaccination is safer since you don’t have to fight off the virus before gaining immunity.
The vaccine is supposed to keep from dying and keep you out of the hospital. The data proves they do that very well, WITHOUT exposing you to COVID-19.
SOURCE: HEALTH FEEDBACK ARTICLE REVIEW
People have been twisting the Cleveland Clinic study to mean something that it does not mean. The claim here is that there is no point in vaccinating people who have already recovered from COVID-19.
The Cleveland Clinic study did show that previous infection protected people against COVID-19, but the limitations of the study don’t allow us to draw conclusions about other benefits provided by vaccination.
We do know COVID-19 vaccines generate a more robust and consistent immune response than natural immunity.
The Cleveland Clinic itself put out a statement last month – after people online started twisting their study to mean something it didn’t mean.
This statement said in part: “More research is needed. We do not know how long the immune system will protect itself against re-infection after COVID-19…It’s important to note that this study was conducted in late 2020 and early 2021, before the emergence of the Delta variant.”
SOURCES: HEALTH FEEDBACK ARTICLE REVIEW
Whether you are for a vaccine mandate or against it – it’s important that we operate on the same set of facts about COVID-19 vaccines. Health experts agree vaccines are safe, and they keep you from dying or getting severely sick with COVID.