Covid 19 Vaccine

Testing Out the Covid Vaccine.

The vaccine for Covid-19 has been something that was long awaited throughout 2020. Now that we are in 2021, we are now starting to test out the vaccine to see if it’s useful.  There has been a big controversy surrounding whether it’s safe. Some people don’t exactly trust it, while others feel it’s exactly what we need if we want to stop the pandemic.  

Speculations about the vaccine have been all over the news and different social media platforms. However, the vaccine has been proven to be safe and has had multiple tests to prove it. There are currently three types of vaccines being distributed, a mRna vaccine, Protein subunit vaccine, and Vector Vaccine. The mRna vaccine contains parts of the Covid 19 virus and it makes harmless proteins that are built but then destroyed. The protein subunit vaccine is a similar concept except instead of just genetic materials being extracted from covid19, proteins from Covid are taken and then puttouse. The vector Vaccine is created with a weakened version of the virus and once the viral vector is in our cells the genetic material gives the cells instructions for making proteins that are unique to the virus that causes coronavirus. All these shots allow the body to recognize the virus and get rid of it in the future. 

 As far as who can get the vaccine, in the state of Florida, the distribution of the vaccine is first prioritized for people of the age 65 and older as well as health care professionals. The state has also set up a pre-registration system for people to register to get the vaccine as soon as it is available. Near the ending of this year the main goal is to reach 80% herd immunity. If enough people get the vaccine our way of living would be able to slowly go back to the way things were before the pandemic. According to Dr. Fauci, adults who have no underlying health conditions and are not healthcare workers could walk into their local CVS or Walgreens and get the vaccine by April. Pregnant woman and children have been excluded from both Moderna and Pfizer’s clinical trials. The timing of when this group of people will get their shot is still unknown. 

With the pandemic and Covid-19 being a relatively new, people have speculations of what the side effects of the vaccine are. The most common side effects from after getting the shot are pain and swelling in the arm where you’d get the shot. Throughout the rest of your body the following symptoms could occur: fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. Helpful tips to over come the shot if feeling discomfort is to apply a clean, cool, wet towel or cloth over the area or even moving/exercising your arm. When reducing a fever, drink plenty of fluids and dress in light and comfy clothes. If symptoms of redness or tenderness in the arm increases within 24 hours, or if your side effects are concerning you, call your doctor. When scheduling an appointment for your second shot wait 3 weeks if you get the Pfizer-BioNTech and wait 1 month if you get the Moderna shot.  

In the ongoing pandemic it is important to protect yourselves and others. Using the correct safety precautions will only further ensure you and your family’s safety.