Yes people there is a vaccine here and some places have already starting administering it.
In this very important post we are going to discuss:
- What we know about the vaccine so far?
- What type of vaccine is it?
- What will be the cost?
- Who will receive the vaccine first?.
- What to expect when its time to receive the vaccine?
- What are the side effects?
Let’s get started
What we know about the vaccine so far?
- So far there is one vaccine that is approved by Pfizer. There is another vaccine gaining traction and going through the process of FDA approval Moderna. There are two more but they have only been used over seas so far (Casino and Gamaleya).
- The current vaccine has to be transported by freezer at -94 F.
- The vaccine is over 90 percent effective. Pfizer is claiming 95% effective rate.
- You will need two doses of the vaccine. This means you cannot just take one injection and be done. You will need to come back and receive another injection. The other injection will be given 3 weeks later. This second injection boosts your immune system to offer the best protection. You must receive the second vaccine if you receive the first or your only receiving half the vaccine.
- There is only a limited supply in the U.S. currently but the supply will increase going into 2021.
- The current vaccine is being administered through the Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA. This means that a vaccine is shown to be needed because of an emergency. This means that other companies will continue to develop vaccines. Once more vaccines are created data will be looked at to determine if the current or new vaccine is better.
What type of vaccine is it?
The covid-19 vaccine that is available is a mRNA vaccine. This means that the vaccine delivers a piece of the coronavirus’s own genes into our cells to make our immune system respond. This is how we build up immunity.
What will be the cost?
There will be no cost to you for the vaccine. Wherever you receive the vaccine may charge you an administration fee.
Who will get vaccinated first?
Numbers are limited so healthcare personnel and long term care facility residents will receive the vaccine first.
Examples of healthcare personnel include:
Emergency medical services personnel
Dietary and food service staff
What to expect when it’s time to get vaccinated?
- Remember to continue to stay 6 feet apart.
- You will receive a printout letting you know what vaccine you received.
- Always get the second vaccine even if the first causes symptoms.
- Ask to receive V safe (which provides personal check ins after vaccination).
- After you receive the vaccine remember that it could take 1 to 2 weeks to build up immunity. Even after that time, continue to wash your hands and practice social distancing.
What are the side effects?
These are the most common side effects and should go away in a couple of days.
- Pain at injection site
- Swelling at injection site
The side effects may feel like the flu but it should go away in a few days.
This is some of the information we know so far on the Covid-19 vaccine and what is coming.
We will keep our Man of Health members updated as new information arrives.