The Covid 19 vaccine
Posted by Charles Waisbren on January 22, 2021 at 12:19 PM
For anyone who questions whether it is necessary to get the vaccine, here are the top five reasons why you should when you become eligible:
*The vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are the work of trusted researchers and scientists who have been working around-the-clock to develop the vaccines with a more than 95% efficacy rate.
*The vaccines were cleared and approved for administration under the Emergency Use Authorization Act, under which the known and potential benefits of the vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks.
*The vaccines have been carefully evaluated in clinical trials that prove they are safe and effective, and the vaccines cannot give you the virus.
*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, experts believe the vaccine might help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do contract COVID-19.
*These vaccines utilize a technology known as mRNA that introduces a genetic code the body can use to make its own viral protein to induce an immune response. While side effects may include pain and swelling in your arm, fever, chills, or headache, these are normal signs that your body is building protection to the virus.
“Vaccinations are a critical component to protect our community and reduce the spread of the virus,” said Keith Foster, M.D., Broward Health North’s chief medical officer. “If you refuse the vaccine and contract the virus, you place at risk the lives of your family members, coworkers and everyone else with whom you come in contact.”
Stopping a deadly pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. Although the vaccine is a massive step forward in the fight against COVID-19, it remains necessary to continue following the CDC’s guidelines and practice social distancing, wear a mask and wash your hands often throughout the day.
“The combination of the vaccine and ongoing safety measures should help us turn the tide on COVID-19,” said Dr. Foster. “It will take time to get the community fully-vaccinated and reach herd immunity, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.”