Baton Rouge General slams COVID-19 vaccine myths

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Myths and misconceptions are surfacing online as more people become available for the COVID-19 vaccine.

BRProud sat down with Baton Rouge General employees to clarify some of the most popular myths.

Edgardo Tenreiro, Baton Rouge General CEO answered the following questions:

Will I get COVID from the vaccine?


Will I grow another thumb?”


Do I still need to wear a mask?


Does it alter my DNA?

-“No, but what it does is it alters how your cell is going to be producing the antibodies.”

Does it alter fertility? Can pregnant women get the vaccine? 

-“Pregnant women can get the vaccine and it does not alter fertility. There are several women in the 25,000 who got the vaccine in the study who actually got pregnant after the vaccine was given.”

Does the vaccine have a microchip inside?

-“No, it does not.”

The reason the vaccines have to be stored in super cold freezers is because of preservatives. And they may contain preservatives that are linked to diseases like autism.

-“Not true. The reason why stored at that temperature, in the study they found the vaccine was more active.”

The vaccine was rushed

-“From a safety perspective it was not. From a production and investigative perspective it was rushed. It was a gamble that the various manufactures in the federal government took to make sure we get the vaccine as soon as possible.”

More information on where to get vaccinated in the state is available here.

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