The guide to safety has never been more straightforward - get vaccinated at your earliest convenience to ensure the well-being of yourself and those around you. We encourage you to get your vaccine at the nearest vaccination center or contact the AUBG Health Center.
Are the Vaccines safe?
This has been the question of the day for the past months. A lot of rumors and real scientific information clashed in the field of the official and social media channels. And it resulted in a loss of confidence and trust among many people, even to the level of fear and panic.
What are the real facts?
Yes, the COVID-19 vaccines, currently used in almost all countries, have a special regimen of use – EUL (Emergency Use License). It means that they were tested to be effective and safe and can be used under the circumstances of the pandemic situation, but their use will be monitored continuously for any further side effects.
- There were a very limited number of severe side effects, not exceeding 25-30 cases among the several million doses administered. They all were carefully investigated and, where it was necessary, the official recommendations of the specific vaccine have been changed.
- It does not change the fact that the benefit of these vaccines exceeds the risks of their use. The numbers: complication ratio is less than 1/1,000,000; the risk of severe illness and/or death, caused by the coronavirus infection, is from 1/10 to 1/5, in some countries even higher.
- The vaccines or most of them do not contain live coronavirus. This way they cannot cause the disease, they cannot be a reason to pass the infection to someone else. Even more, after reaching the necessary level of immune protection, they not only protect the person from developing COVID-19, decrease the risk of transmission.
Other common “Myths” about the vaccines
The vaccine will change my genetic information.
No. None of the vaccine interacts with the human DNA, which is located in the human cell’s nucleus. Even the mRNA vaccines only stimulate the ribosomes to produce some proteins/virus antigens that stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies.
The vaccine will affect my fertility.
No. Even more, some of the vaccines have been tested and approved safe for kids and pregnant women.
The vaccine’s side effects will put me in bed for weeks.
No. The usual symptoms after a vaccine last up to 24-36 hours and require only some very basic treatment – painkillers (paracetamol, ibuprofen) and good hydration.
Read our interview with Dr. Ventsislav Daskalov, Director of the Health Center at AUBG, on the safety and the efficacy of the vaccines and the differences among AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna.
Credible Vaccine Information
CDC: Benefits of the Covid-19 Vaccines
CDC: Facts about the Covid-19 Vaccine
CDC: UnderstandingmRNA Covid-19 Vaccines
UNICEF: What You Need to Know about the Covid-19 Vaccines
European Center for Disease Prevention and Control
WHO: Covid-19 Vaccines
European Vaccination Information Portal
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Vaccines are the smartest massively accessible invention medicine has come up with. With vaccines we master the circumstances and are not bound to be mastered by them.
~Dr. Slaveyko Djambazov, PhD (EMBA '10), International healthcare expert in health investments and policies
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