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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), both COVID-19 vaccines have shown to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19. Those vaccines were carefully evaluated in clinical trials and were only approved because they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. Getting a vaccine is a safer way to help your body protect you by creating an antibody response without getting sick.
While wearing a mask and practicing social distancing help reduce your chances of being exposed or spreading it to others, these steps are not enough. Getting a vaccine and following the CDC’s recommendations will offer the best protection.
Experts believe that getting the vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill if you happen to get COVID-19.
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is only authorized for individuals 12 years and older and the Moderna vaccine is authorized for those 18 and older. Trials have begun to include children under the age of 12.
Generally, two doses are needed to provide the best protection against COVID-19. The first dose “primes” the immune system, helping the body recognize the virus, and the second dose strengthens the immune response.
According to a document Moderna submitted to the FDA, it’s vaccine can provide 80.2% protection after one dose, compared to 95.6% after the second (in people aged 18 to 65 – it’s 86.4% in those over 65).
mRNA vaccines are a new, but not unknown, type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. Instead of using an inactivated germ, mRNA vaccines 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.
Cancer research has used mRNA to trigger the immune system to target specific cancer cells.
More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html
The most common side effects are pain and swelling on the arm at the site of the injection. Throughout the rest of your body, you may experience fever, chills, tiredness, and a headache. It is important to note that these symptoms are immune responses and signs that your body is reacting appropriately.
According to the CDC if you have pain or discomfort you should talk to your doctor about over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
To reduce pain at the site of the shot you can apply a clean, cool and wet washcloth to the area.
Call your doctor or healthcare provider if:
If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction seek immediate medical care by calling 911.
Yes. Vaccines are the safest medicines used in the United States.
COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.
Please note, all first dose appointments will be held Thursday and Friday 9 am -12 pm and 1 pm -4 pm at the Riley County Health Department, 2030 Tecumseh Rd Manhattan, KS 66502. YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT!
There is an aTa Bus stop at the Health Department on Clafin Road, which is highlighted in blue below. The bus begins running at 7:00 am and stops at 7:27 pm. Click HERE for more information.
Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Fully vaccinated people can:
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people who are not vaccinated wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
Currently, three vaccines have been approved for distribution in the fight against COVID-19. Pfizer and Moderna have both produced vaccines the FDA has deemed safe and effective.
To see a breakdown of both of the vaccines please click below:
COVID-19 VACCINE FACT SHEET