There are many COVID-19 vaccine rumors circulating these days. Delco Ambassador LaDontay Bell squares up against the FICTION that the vaccines can give you COVID and are unsafe for kids 12 and up.

Fiction Guy

Getting the vaccine will give you COVID.

Coach LaDontay Bell

The vaccine will not give you COVID.

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There’s no live virus in the vaccines, so they can’t make you sick with COVID-19.

While your body is building immunity thanks to the vaccine, it IS possible to become infected with the virus itself just before or just after being vaccinated. So, it’s important to follow all the recommended precautions until you’re considered fully vaccinated. That would be two weeks after you’ve had your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after you’ve received your single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Getting vaccinated is like a big “whew” after the year and a half we’ve had!

Fiction Guy

It’s not safe for my kids to get the vaccine.

Coach LaDontay Bell

Children 12 years and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and this vaccine has been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.

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Even though healthy kids who get COVID-19 are less likely to get seriously ill, they can still get sick and spread it to others. That’s why it’s really important for everyone 12 years and older to be vaccinated.

The Pfizer/BioNTech clinical trial for this age group was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19. Scientists say that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh the risks — especially compared to the risks of getting infected with the virus.

Got younger kids? They’re testing it now for children under age 12, so keep checking for updates on that.


"Facts over Fiction: History"
Delco Ambassador LaDontay Bell
Head Football Coach, Chester City High School

Want to get Vaccinated?

Are you or a loved one ready to get vaccinated? There are multiple vaccination sites open throughout Delaware and surrounding counties. Contact your doctor or other health care professionals to schedule an appointment or visit the Delaware County COVID-19 Vaccinations web page for an up-to-date listing of County-sponsored vaccination clinics


The Mayo Clinic:
COVID-19 vaccines: Get the facts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Harvard Medical School:
What you need to know before getting vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital:
True or False: Busting Myths about COVID-19 Vaccines

John Hopkin’s Medicine:
COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact

PA Medical Society:
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Fully Approved for Adolescents 12-15 Years Old

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:
Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccines