Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Vaccine conspiracy


With Covid-19 a lot of problems affected our daily life and society, and with those same problems, a lot of paranoia also came along. We experienced empty markets and a lot of misconceptions, but the worst came after. For reasons I cannot comprehend people started sharing this "idea" that the Covid-19 vaccine's true purpose was to "alter" our DNA. The truth is that, as we know, vaccination consists of stimulating our immune system by injecting an infectious agent or a component of one that has been modified so that no harm will happen to the person receiving the vaccine. DNA vaccines inject the plasmid that contains the DNA sequences that include the antigen or antigens to which we seek a response. This method comes with some advantages like improved vaccine stability and the absence of any infectious agent, although this is still a method that is rapidly developing. The thing is that DNA vaccines don't introduce any DNA into our cells' nucleus, so our own DNA remains unaffected. In the end, the claim that the vaccine for Covid-19 will affect our DNA is just a claim against a developing vaccination technique that, as we said earlier, doesn't harm or "alters" us in any manner. 


False claim: A COVID-19 vaccine will genetically modify humans | Reuters


  1. I agree with this post. I don't think this vaccine was made to "alter" our DNA. Even if the vaccine isn't perfect and has its side effects, I think it would still be good to get the vaccine.

  2. I agree, vaccines are not made to alter DNA. This theory has been around for a long time, there are many that still believe that some vaccines cause autism, despite no scientific evidence of that being true. I'm sure as the Covid vaccine becomes more mainstream that conspiracies will eventually fizzle out, but for now its probably just the beginning.

  3. Vaccines aren't made to mess with your DNA. I don't even think such a small dose would be possible. I remember seeing a scientist injecting himself with crisper cas9 proteins to attempt to modify his DNA, however because of how small the dose was nothing happened.

  4. I can definitely understand the public's concern with receiving the vaccine; however, they should not worry about it affecting or "altering" our DNA