We’ve been hearing a lot of news reports about the coronavirus vaccine. Perhaps you’ve seen them being administered on TV and you’re wondering whether you and your family should get vaccinated. You may have questions or even reservations about the vaccine. Here’s what we know so far about this new vaccine,
The Vaccine Supply is Limited
Since the supply of COVID-19 vaccines is limited it is first being given to first responders and healthcare workers who are on the front lines, as well as those working and living in long-term care facilities. In essence, this vaccine is being given to those who are most at risk for contracting the coronavirus at the moment.
As a larger supply of the vaccine becomes available within the US, the opportunity to get vaccinated will be an option for others. Those over 16 years old can get vaccinated, but the vaccine is not approved to be administered to,
- Children and teens under 16 years old
- Pregnant women
- People with a history of severe allergic reactions
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant you should talk with your doctor first about whether you should get vaccinated.
You Need Two Doses
The Pfizer vaccine is the vaccine that’s being administered to the majority of the population at the moment. The vaccine consists of two shots taken three weeks apart. The Moderna vaccine is also given as two doses administered 28 days apart. While both are fairly similar vaccines in how they work, as well as their efficacy, Moderna’s vaccine does not need to be stored in very cold temperatures, while the Pfizer vaccine does. Even after refrigeration, the Pfizer vaccine only has five days in the refrigerator before it expires.
The Safety and Effectiveness of the COVID-19 Vaccine
There are two COVID-19 vaccines: one developed by Moderna and the other vaccine developed by Pfizer. As of late, the FDA has confirmed that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are equally effective, providing up to 95 percent protection against the coronavirus.
While the two COVID-19 vaccines have a high efficacy rate, patients of the trial did experience some side effects with the vaccine. Some of these side effects were similar to what you would experience with a cold or flu including,
- Muscle and joint aches
- Soreness at the injection site
However, these side effects are minor, particularly when compared to the symptoms of COVID-19. Tens of thousands of people participated in the COVID-19 vaccine study. The FDA has approved the vaccine to be safe and effective.
The CDC will continue to update their site with valuable information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available. While it will take some time before the majority of the US is vaccinated, we understand that you may have questions, especially before getting vaccinated. Talk with your general medical practitioner today to find out if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you.