Over a year ago, the world was taken by surprise when the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus happened. Nearly every part of the globe became affected. And to this day the world is still fighting against it. 

Countries implemented measures such as curfews, limited outdoor activity and a mandatory use of masks but their efficiency is limited since the number of cases keep rising.

While the chaos was happening, researchers were hard at work in order to find a solution. And as of recently, a vaccine was finally developed.

However, whenever something new is released, there are bound to be questions and doubts about it. So, here’s what we know about the COVID-19 vaccines.

As of now, the CDC and WHO have recommended that in the first phase, vaccination should be made available to these groups of people in the following order:

  1. Frontline essential workers such as, Medical staff, police officers, public transport workers, teachers, etc. 
  2. People aged 75 years and older.
  3. People aged 65—74 years.
  4. People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions.
  5. General population.

How does the vaccine work?

The vaccine teaches our immune system to identify and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It normally takes two weeks after receiving the vaccine for the body to build an immunity against the virus. Therefore it is still possible to contract COVID-19 within the two weeks of receiving the vaccine.

Is the vaccine safe?

The CDC and WHO assure us that the vaccine is safe because they’re going through the most intensive safety monitoring in history. However, if you have an underlying medical condition or you are pregnant, you may want to consult with your doctor before getting vaccinated. Since there is not a lot of information available about it.

Recently, the application of the vaccine produced by AZTRA-SENECA was halted in many countries around the world when some people reportedly got very sick or died days after receiving the vaccine. AZTRA-SENECA has repeatedly said that their vaccine is not associated with these events.

Some people may experience side effects with all vaccines but the CDC and WHO assure us this is normal. And these reactions are signs that our bodies are building protection.

The side effects may include:

  • Pain, redness or swelling on the site of injection.
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain 
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea 

The CDC and WHO affirm these symptoms should go away in a few days. However, if you are still experiencing them after a few days and you feel they are not going away, you should contact your doctor.

Common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

None of the current authorized or recommended vaccines in the US contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 therefore, you cannot contract COVID-19 from the authorized vaccines in the US.

If I have already contracted COVID-19 Do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes you should be vaccinated regardless. That’s because researchers do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovery. Even if you have recovered from COVID-19 it is still possible to contract it again.

Will the vaccine protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.

If you more questions or want to find out more head over to the CDC’s official website.

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