Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout: What to Know
The long-awaited Covid-19 vaccines have finally been delivered to the public, and the progress made in the country is increasingly positive. Effective vaccines have made significant contributions to preventing severe disease and death from Covid-19, and amongst them are the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Covid-19 Vaccines. Many have received these vaccines, which have brought up concerns related to their efficiencies, requirements, availabilities, and side effects.
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Efficiency and Requirements
The Covid-19 vaccines train our immune systems to recognize the targeted virus and create antibodies to fight off the disease. After vaccination, the body is prepared to fight the virus if it is exposed to it later. Each vaccine proves different levels of effectiveness; the Moderna vaccine being 94.1%, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 95%, and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine being 66.33%. The Moderna Vaccine is required to be received twice, three weeks apart, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine also twice, one month apart, and the Johnson and Johnson's Janssen vaccine only once. To obtain the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson's Janssen, individuals must be 18 and over, whereas the Pfizer vaccine can be supplied to individuals 16 and older.
If you meet those requirements, you are eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccination. To access the vaccine, visit vaccines.gov to find providers near you, check local pharmacy's websites to see if vaccination appointments are available, or check local news outlets to view other availabilities in your areas.
After receiving the vaccine, remain at the site for at least 15 minutes to ensure no sudden allergic reactions, and make sure to have your second dose already assigned if necessary. Getting vaccinated regardless of whether you already had Covid-19 is recommended (after 90 days) because even if you have recovered from the virus, it is possible that you could be infected with it again.
On the arm that received the shot:
Throughout the body:
Side effects are typical signs that your body's building protection and should cease within a few days.
Sophomore Taimeem Hossain expresses, “Right after getting the Pfizer vaccine, my arm was pretty sore and I had to wait 15 minutes after receiving it. The entire day my arm wasn't too sore but I did start to get a fever. Now that it has almost been a week, the soreness has gone away and the fever only lasted 24 hours. I feel relieved that there are measures taken to speed up the recovery process so that we will be able to see some normalcy.”
Progress in the Country
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 152.1 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 114.2 million people have been fully vaccinated. Providers are administrating about 2 million doses per day. Many states are showing significant progress in supplicating the vaccine, and the number of growing cases has slowed down.
Junior Nijad Makoon says, “I received the vaccine mainly because I needed it for work and because I am constantly outside. I hope others get it, too, because it comes with the benefits of being less afraid of getting the virus and being prepared when it becomes necessary for a lot of activities as things start to open up.
Vaccines are crucial in the battle against COVID-19, and getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect yourself and the people around you from the virus.