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What's in the COVID-19 vaccine? Learn from trusted sources

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Posted at 3:00 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 08:44:42-05

As more people get vaccinated, more myth-busting efforts are underway to ease fears tied to the COVID-19 vaccine.

To help ease those fears and get you more expert information, we turn to our ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Wassim Ballan who says, "you don't have to wait until the vaccine becomes available to you to start questioning it, start looking at it now."

The Infectious Disease Specialist was vaccinated a few weeks ago. He says anyone curious about potential side-effects should learn more about it.

"If we're thinking about the science of the mRNA vaccines, we don't expect that that's something that is going to cause issues in the future. Because the mRNA is given through the vaccine, it gets translated into the part of the virus that your immune system needs to recognize and build immunity against, and then that mRNA disintegrates immediately."

But Dr. Ballan also says finding accurate information from a trusted source is imperative.

"What is exactly in that vaccine? We know it's mRNA... there's no fetus tissue in it. There's no eggs in it, there's no ingredients in it that would, you know, that would make it an unsafe vaccine. But again, I mean, go back and question, everything you see on social media, try to look up that information, call your doctor and ask that question."

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