As we begin thinking of a life without COVID, it is certain that we must start thinking about the COVID Vaccine. As many people become vaccinated every day, it is important to know what the vaccine is really all about. It is also equally important to be aware of all the facts about the vaccine and its contents. Let’s start by speaking on exactly what the vaccine is.
A common misconception about the COVID-19 Vaccine, is that it is a cure for the corona virus. This vaccine, along with every other existing vaccine, is not a cure; rather it is meant to prevent people from contracting COVID. Another misconception is that the vaccine actually gives you COVID. Again, along with any other vaccine, you might experience some flu like symptoms, but it does not mean you have the corona virus. The final common misconception about this vaccine is that its main ingredient, mRNA, alters our own DNA. This has been debunked by many scientists because of the simple fact that the mRNA never enters the nucleus of our cells, where DNA is stored. The way that this vaccine works is by mRNA being delivered into our cells to provide the genetic instructions for our own cells to “temporarily” make a “specific” viral protein that triggers an immune response. The immune response is what causes our bodies to make the antibodies needed to protect us from getting infected if exposed to the coronavirus. No DNA alterations!
Now that we have discredited the common misconceptions and discussed how the vaccine works, it is time to talk about the different vaccines that are available to us. There is Pfizer- BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccines. All of these vaccines have the same benefits and work the same way; they only have one difference. Pfizer- BioNTech and Moderna have two doses, while Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen has only one dose. Two weeks after receiving the final dose of whichever vaccine chosen, is when you are considered fully protected.
Although we know that this vaccine is effective in preventing COVID, there are still some things we are learning. For instance, we are still learning how long it protects those who are vaccinated from COVID. For this reason, vaccinated people are still advised to take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. With new updates from the CDC, we are now receiving new precautions for fully vaccinated people. Now, you can gather indoors with FULLY vaccinated people, gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one household, and if vaccinated people have come into contact with someone who has COVID they do not need to get tested unless they have symptoms.
These are most of the things that are important to know about the COVID Vaccine. Everyone is highly encouraged to get vaccinated. It is safe, and effective!!