COVID-19 vaccines: Conservative myths vs. the facts

COVID-19 vaccines: Conservative myths vs. the facts

As of March 30th, all Minnesotans over the age of 16 are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. That’s no accident. Thanks to Governor Tim Walz’s leadership, Minnesota is leading the nation in vaccine distribution. Over 80% of Minnesota seniors and two-thirds of teachers and child care workers have already been vaccinated, opening the door for the rest of us. 

By getting vaccines to all eligible Minnesotans, we can finally begin to recover from this pandemic. And while these vaccines have been thoroughly vetted, conservatives like Scott Jensen are still spreading dangerous lies. 

Here are the real facts about COVID-19 vaccines. 

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective

No matter which one you receive, your vaccine reduces your risk of contracting COVID-19. And it helps protect those around you. The COVID-19 vaccines in circulation in the U.S. have been meticulously studied and tested for safety, so you can rest assured that our medical experts have our backs.

Despite this, conservatives in the legislature continue to spread dangerous misinformation about vaccines. They’re spreading false rumors about vaccine side effects that have no basis in science. It’s all just fear mongering.

Here’s what we know for sure:

It’s true that some people may experience mild to moderate side-effects, but that just means that your immune system is doing its job. These symptoms should pass in a day or two. 

Allergic reactions to the vaccine are rare, but those who are concerned about allergies are encouraged to stay at their vaccination site for 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine for observation. 

Vaccines keep Minnesotans safe. Conservative lies and conspiracy theories don’t. 

FACT: Even if you’ve had the virus, you should still get vaccinated

According to the Mayo Clinic, “getting COVID-19 might offer some natural protection or immunity from reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19. But it’s not clear how long this protection lasts.” Even after recovering from COVID-19, it’s possible to become reinfected with more severe symptoms. 

That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also says that people “should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19.”

For over a year, the scientists and medical professionals at the CDC and the Mayo Clinic have worked day and night to understand this virus. It’s safe to say we can trust their expertise. 

But still, Scott Jensen won’t listen

He said he won’t get the vaccine, and he’s spreading the lie that other Minnesotans don’t have to either.

Tragically, nearly 7,000 Minnesotans have lost their lives to COVID-19, and Scott Jensen’s dangerous lies are putting more of us in danger. 

FACT: After vaccination, you should still wear a mask around others

Because it may still be possible to carry the virus if you’ve been vaccinated, it’s best to stay on the safe side and continue to wear your mask in public.

We all know that masks and social distancing are effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. But that hasn’t stopped conservatives from gathering in large groups without proper safety measures. 

If we can’t trust conservatives to keep their own colleagues safe, we can’t trust them to keep Minnesotans safe either. 

Enough conservative lies

Minnesotans have had enough of conservative attempts to downplay the virus and spread false conspiracies. And we’re not the only ones. Scott Jensen’s false COVID-19 claims were named “lie of the year” by Kaiser Health and Politifact, and they almost lost him his medical license. See how progressives’ COVID response compares to conservatives’ and decide for yourself who has had the better pandemic response.

Together, we’ll hold conservatives accountable, recover from this pandemic, and keep our communities safe and healthy.