The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the greatest global health crises of all time, leading to a terrible loss of life, all over the world, and completely changing the world as we know it is a whole host of different ways. It’s been a terrible situation for so many people to endure, but hopes are high that the end is finally in sight.
Vaccine rollouts are underway across the US and other countries around the world, with millions of people already have received the vaccine and gotten an important level of protection against the virus, but it’s important that these rollouts progress at the same rates, if not faster, in order to save as many people as possible.
As we’ve already seen, the virus has no mercy and continues to claim more lives on a daily basis, so the faster that people can get vaccinated, the better it will be for everyone. However, during these times, many people have questions about how the vaccine actually works and what the experience of getting it might be like. Read on for some common questions, answered.
What Are the Different Types of Vaccines?
It’s important to note that there isn’t only one COVID-19 vaccine. There are actually several vaccines, produced by different research labs and pharmaceutical companies across the world. In the US, you’ll typically be given one of the following three vaccines: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Pfizer and Modern vaccines require two shots, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one. None of the vaccines are classed as better than the others are more highly recommended than the others, so it’s important to simply accept whichever one is offered to you, as they are all safe, effective, and offer protection against COVD-19.
Are the Vaccines Safe?
Yes, the approved COVID-19 vaccines currently being used in the US and other parts of the world are safe and effective. Millions of people have already received their vaccines in the US and the vaccines themselves have undergone rigorous testing and approval measures before starting to be used on a widespread scale.
A lot of rumors and misinformation regarding vaccines can spread online, so it’s easy for people to hear certain stories or notions that the vaccines might make them sick or even that they contain microchips, or that the approval process was rushed. However, there is no evidence whatsoever to support these claims and all of the relevant science shows that the vaccines are safe and fully recommended by leading institutions like the CDC.
Are There Any Side Effects to Worry About?
Yes, there is a possibility that you may experience side effects after your COVID-19 vaccination. This is the case with a lot of vaccinations, as they often involve injecting the body with dead or inactive virus cells or other material, and whenever the body detects something foreign in its system, it typically triggers immune responses to try and deal with the possibility of this new threat.
Some of the common side effects include pain and redness around the area where you received the shot, as well as possibilities of tiredness, headaches, muscle pains, chills, and a fever. You can make use of common over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or antihistamines to alleviate any discomfort, and any side effects you experience should fade away within a few days. Many people experience little to no side effects whatsoever.
Aren’t There Any Other Options?
The COVID-19 vaccines are the only sure way to protect yourself and those around you from the virus. This is why it is so widely and strongly recommended that anyone who is eligible for the vaccine accepts their dose and gets the process completed as quickly as possible, as everyone will have to play their part in order to protect the nation at large.
Some people believe that getting the flu vaccine is enough to protect against COVID-19, but this isn’t true, even though there are some similarities between the two types of virus. Others feel that they can simply wait it out or continue being careful to simply avoid the virus altogether, but the vaccine is the only surefire method of protection available right now.
Many people feel a little nervous about getting their COVID-19 vaccine, but the science shows that these vaccines offer much-needed protection at a time of global crisis. Hopefully, this simple Q&A has helped you understand more about the importance of getting your shot when you can.