Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Clara Moir, Staff Writer

There are many concerns coming along with the recent announcement of the different COVID-19 vaccines. The current authorized two are the ​​​​Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Both of these recommended vaccines are of the mRNA type. Many people think that all vaccines always have a tiny bit of a weaker form of the virus in them.

However, not every vaccine is like this. mRNA vaccines have a small bit of special mRNA to teach cells to make a protein that triggers the immune response from the body.

Both of these authorized and recommended vaccines are the mRNA type of vaccine. They both insert a version of mRNA to teach your cells to defend your body from the virus and improve immunity to it.

Firstly, the Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is two separate shots in the span of about a month, similar to the shingles vaccine. There are also common side effects that come with that vaccine, none of them being too serious, however.

For example, in the arm, the area where the vaccine is administered, you might feel soreness, swelling, redness, and/or pain in the area, as well as chills, tiredness, and/or headaches throughout the body. These symptoms start about a day after the initial shot but will pass after three or four days.

The vaccine was proven to be 94.1% effective in lab research for preventing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The second vaccine option is the ​​​​Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is also two separate shots in the span of a little under a month.

It has the same side effects as Moderna’s vaccine, and it is proven to be 95% effective in proven positive COVID-19 cases.

Some helpful tips to get through the slightly rough side effects of the vaccines are to exercise and apply a cool washcloth to the area in which the shot was administered. The body symptoms can be treated by drinking a lot of liquids and wearing light, less bulky clothing.

These vaccines have been nearly a year in the making, and doctors are still working extremely hard to completely wipe away the COVID-19 virus one day. These two vaccines are the world’s first biggest hope to getting rid of this threatening virus.