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COVID-19 vaccine can cause infection? Leave you infertile? Health Minister Harsh Vardhan busts myths

In a series of tweets, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan warned people against downloading fake CoWIN apps, and explained what do people need to do to get vaccinated.

January 14, 2021 / 11:44 PM IST
India's vaccination programme is set to begin from January 16 (Representative Image)

India's vaccination programme is set to begin from January 16 (Representative Image)


Ahead of the mass roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in India on January 16, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan took to twitter to bust an array of myths circulating online.

The health minister said while there could be temporary side-effects such as mild fever because of the inoculation, a person can not contract COVID-19 from the vaccines.

"You cannot contract COVID-19 because you have been inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine," he said in the next tweet.

Asking people to pay no attention to rumours, he said "there is no scientific evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccine could cause infertility in either men or women."

In a series of tweets later in the day, the minister also warned people against downloading fake CoWIN apps.

The minister said it is "MANDATORY for beneficiaries to be registered on the CoWIN platform to receive COVID-19 Vaccine, and QR Code based vaccination certificate will only be generated for vaccine beneficiaries who are registered on the platform".
Mohammed Shaikh

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