Covid-19 vaccines are what we needed to entirely combat this deadly virus, or not. By now, you must know what COVID-19 is. It’s a type of virus that first started in Wuhan, China. In early and mid-2020, the virus is spreading rapidly and it did a huge number. It affected our lives, especially our work and school. Almost everything is suspended. The plans are on hold and strict protocols are put into action. It’s total devastation in the economy of the country- especially countries with the tourism-based economy such as Macau, Maldives, and the Bahamas.
Covid-19 took a toll on our mental health as well. It’s as if everything about COVID is a bad thing (a bad thing for sure).
The World Health Organization, together with renowned scientists are working together to produce Covid-19 vaccinations. And after many months of trials and errors, Covid-19 vaccines are finally made.
There are three (3) current vaccines that are authorized and are recommended in combating the Covid-19 virus. Here are they:
• Name: Name: BNT162b2
• Manufacturer: Pfizer, Inc., and BioNTech
• Type of vaccine: mRNA
• The Pfizer-BioNTech does not contain latex, preservatives, and eggs. It can be shot in the upper arm of the muscle. The number of shots recommended is 2 and are 21 days apart.
• Name: Name: mRNA-127
• Manufacturer: ModernaTX, Inc.
• Type of vaccine: mRNA
• Moderna does not contain any of the following: Latex, eggs, and preservatives. It can be shot in the upper arm of the muscle. The number of shots recommended is 2 and are 28 days (or one month) apart.
3. Johnson & Johnson / Janssen
• Name: JNJ-78436735
• Manufacturer: Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson
• Type of vaccine: Viral vector
• Johnson & Johnson / Janssen do not contain latex, eggs, and preservatives. It can be shot in the upper arm of the muscle. The number of shots recommended is 1.
All of the information above is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
After the news about the release of the vaccines, there are different reactions from the people. And false information is being passed on and posted online. As a citizen, you have the right to know all about COVID-19 vaccinations. Keep on reading as we reveal to you everything you must know about Covid-19 vaccinations.
1. Who Are Prioritized for Covid-19 Vaccine?
During the first wave, frontliners like healthcare workers are more prioritized to be vaccinated. After the first wave, individuals like older adults, essential workers, and individuals with an underlying medical condition are more likely to be prioritized for the second wave.
2. If I Am Tested Positive for Covid-19, Will the Vaccine Work for Me?
Regardless if you are tested positive of the covid-19 or not, you will still get the benefits of the vaccine. You are also eligible and recommended to be vaccinated even after you have recovered from COVID-19 since you can still get the virus.
3. How About the Pregnant. Are They Safe for The Vaccination?
The answer is yes. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are safe to get the vaccine. But based on the research, pregnant women are not included in the clinical trial for the covid-19 vaccine either in Pfizer or Moderna.
3. Are Children Allowed To Be Vaccinated?
For Pfizer, individuals aged including 16 and 17 years old can get the vaccine. For Moderna on the other hand, they are still requesting in EUA for ages 18 below.
Studies on younger people are being planned by both companies. Until this study is approved, young people ages 16 and above can’t get the vaccine.
4. Will It Cost Me To Get The Vaccine?
Worry not, the federal government is committed to distributing the vaccine free of charge for all Americans.
5. Side Effects
The side effects of the vaccine may differ from person to person. Some common side effects which only last for an hour are dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headaches, and even diarrhea. For the injected side, you may feel itchiness, redness, and swelling which will eventually fade.
6. Will You Be Infected With Covid from Covid-19 Vaccine?
No. The purpose of the vaccine is to protect you from the virus, not the other way around. And the vaccines that are developed in the U.S did not use the same virus that causes Covid-19.
The Bottom Line
There may be an authorized and approved vaccine for Covid but you have the freedom to be vaccinated or not. It’s your choice. But if you wish to be vaccinated, just wait a bit longer for your turn, unless you are a frontliner. Stay safe everyone!