COVID-19 Vaccine: What to Expect

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is a “messenger RNA” (mRNA) vaccine.  This mRNA vaccine is a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. They teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
  • The efficacy of the vaccine in clinical trials has been very encouraging.
  • The vaccine, given in 2 doses, may cause side effects in a higher percentage of people than other vaccines—Fatigue, aches and even a fever may be experienced but, in most cases, will only last a day or two.
  • It’s important to know that these symptoms indicate an immune response and mean that the vaccine is working.
  • It’s imperative that vaccine recipients acquire BOTH shots on schedule.
  • The first doses of the vaccine to become available will go to healthcare workers and first responders.
  • Having healthcare workers, first responders and the elderly be the first to receive the vaccine is the most straightforward way to protect the most vulnerable in the population.
  • Healthcare workers who see elderly patients would be better protected making it easier for them to care for their patients.
  • The risk of infection acts as a significant stressor for healthcare workers and first responders. Prolonged stress can weaken the immune system, this is another reason to prioritize those working in hospitals and doctors’ offices to receive the COVID vaccine.
  • The vaccine will probably need a few weeks to start working after being administered–protection may not be immediate; so, plan to continue precautionary measures pending your medical care provider’s instructions.

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