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Answering your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

We continue to get questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. With the amount of misinformation out there, many have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be one of the most discussed topics online, with people having questions about everything from natural immunity and childhood vaccinations to booster shots

With the amount of misinformation out there, WCNC Charlotte's VERIFY team has received many questions about the vaccine. 

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THE QUESTION:

Can they mix vaccine brands when it comes to getting the booster shot

OUR SOURCES: 

THE ANSWER: 

This is false.

No, you should not be mixing brands when getting a booster shot. 

WHAT WE FOUND: 

According to the CDC, authorized boosters are only for those who received the Pfizer vaccine originally. These boosters are suggested for people who are 65 years or older, those who have medical conditions that put them at high risk, or people who work in a setting where they could be exposed to the virus. 

"There is no danger in mixing the vaccine, but the recommendation currently from the CDC and FDA is staying with the same company if you can," Stanton said. 

THE QUESTION: 

Do I need to get the vaccine since there are breakthrough cases anyway?

THE ANSWER: 

This is true.

Yes, you should still get vaccinated despite breakthrough cases. Your chances of getting really sick go down significantly if you are vaccinated.  

WHAT WE FOUND: 

The latest data chart from Atrium Health shows of the 186 people on life support in one of their hospitals with COVID-19 only four are vaccinated, meaning 98% are unvaccinated. The CDC states breakthrough cases are expected because no vaccine is 100% effective. However, they say the vaccine makes illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and get sick. 

"The vaccine will still protect you and prevent about two-thirds of cases associated with the delta variant even higher before that and still prevent about 90% of deaths," Stanton said. 

THE QUESTION: 

Are people who are vaccinated spreading the virus more than those who are unvaccinated? 

THE ANSWER: 

This is false.

No, people who are vaccinated are not spreading the virus more than people who are unvaccinated.

WHAT WE FOUND:

The latest data from the CDC shows from January through April, there were 10,262 breakthrough infections total during a time when the U.S. was logging 34,000 new cases a day on the low end and 313,000 at its peak.

Though vaccinated people can still spread the virus, Stanton said people who are vaccinated are less likely to get it. 

"What we are seeing in most cases is that someone in the household is unvaccinated is spreading it to others in the household," Stanton said. 

VERIFY is dedicated to helping the public distinguish between true and false information. The VERIFY team, with help from questions submitted by the audience, tracks the spread of stories or claims that need clarification or correction. Have something you want VERIFIED? Text us at 704-329-3600 or visit /verify.

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