Are there microchips in the vaccine? (and other common questions answered)

Katana Provost

Questions are spiraling around about the vaccine. SPASH students have questions and they want answers! Who can take it? Do I have to take it? Can the government track me through the vaccine? There are millions of valid questions but here are some answers to a few:

Can everyone take the vaccine?

According to an article in the New York Times, not everyone has been approved to take the vaccine. People over the age of 16 have been administered to receive it. With further testing and research the CDC will approve it for children. Elderly people can receive the vaccine. Most nursing homes are actually the first places to administer the vaccine. 

Should I get it even though I already had COVID?

Although there is an immunity period researchers don’t have enough data to show how long the immunity lasts. The average length is around three months but it can vary from person to person. In an interview with Nurse Sarah Castleberg, she stated “The reasoning is that it is unclear as to how long potential immunity might last.” Even if you’ve gotten in a car crash before, you’d still wear your seat belt just in case. 

Will I have to take the vaccine in order to go to school or work?

Simple answer: no. Nurse Sarah Castleberg “do(es) not anticipate that school districts will require the COVID vaccine.” There is medical freedom when it comes to people attending school. Each person requires different medical treatment to be healthy. Some of your personal jobs may require it depending on your occupation once the vaccine is out of the emergency authorization stage. Places such as nursing homes, medical facilities, childhood care, etc would get the vaccine given to them first.

How will the vaccine affect me? 

As listed by Nurse Sarah Castleberg, some side effects may include but are not limited to: tenderness around the area of the shot, mild fever, muscle aches, or lethargy (feeling tired). Just because these are possible side effects does not mean that you are going to feel all of them. It is administered in two separate shots and most people report their symptoms after the first dose. Since the vaccine has only been approved for a small amount of time, we don’t know the long-term effects yet. These are all things to consider before getting the vaccine but don’t let them deter you from it. 

Will I still have to wear a mask? When will things be normal again?

There are so many variables to consider when thinking about when life will reconvene as normal. New York Times says, “Public health officials estimate that 70 to 75 percent of the population needs to be vaccinated before people can start moving freely in society again.” That’s a lot of money, vaccines, and people. So the answer is yes, you will have to wear a mask still but not for long. 

Are there microchips in the vaccine? 

No, there are no microchips in the vaccine. The syringe that the vaccine is injected through is physically too small to fit a microchip to implant through your skin. Don’t worry about that. I know it doesn’t seem like too dystopic  of an idea for the government to do something as far fetched as a microchip but trust me, the government doesn’t care where you are. They can already track you through your phone or laptop. 😉

Every time you take a new medication or get a vaccine, you should be asking yourself all kinds of questions. It’s good to take precautions because you don’t know how it may affect you personally. After reading this article your views on the vaccine may have changed. Hopefully with further research, you can get the vaccine soon!