With COVID-19 vaccinations going on full fledge across the country, it is common for you to be curious about several facts and myths surrounding the vaccination. You may have questions regarding the working of the vaccination or may also be wondering that how much protected you will be to the virus after being vaccinated. Rigorous research and several studies are being carried out to help you know vital facts related to the vaccines that are currently available in the country to protect you and your loved ones from the deadly virus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has currently authorized three vaccines for emergency use in the United States. The three vaccines currently available in the U.S. are from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and every vaccine works in a little different manner. The recently authorized vaccine from Johnson & Johnson requires a single dose, whereas vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna require two doses spaced apart over several weeks.
Studies and researches have proved that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, thus busting the myth that these vaccines were developed too quickly, and so these are not safe. However, these vaccines have gone through strict laboratory testing and large clinical trials like any other vaccines and have been also reviewed by experts to ensure that the vaccines have met the necessary safety standards.
The myth that vaccines can infect with COVID-19 also turned out to be fake, as it was revealed through studies that vaccines cannot make you sick because the vaccines do not contain the virus causing COVID-19. Instead, vaccinations work by introducing an inactive or weakened form of a virus or bacteria to our bodies to teach our bodies to recognize and fight a virus.
The COVID-19 vaccines take two weeks for the body to build complete protection or immunity. For the double doses’ vaccines, a two-week time will start after the final dose. After the second and final dose of the vaccine, it has been proved through studies that the vaccine is around 95% effective in protecting you from COVID-19. You need to know that you will develop some immunity after the first dose but it is vital to receive both doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to obtain full protection.
Though COVID-19 vaccines are effective still there is a small possibility of infection after vaccination. Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are about 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 illness after 7 to 10 days of taking the second dose of the vaccine. It is still vital for you to follow safe practices and social distancing while your body builds up protection against the virus. There is a possibility of you contracting the virus just after the vaccination because your body does not get enough time to build immunity. Besides, no vaccine has proved 100% effective in protecting against the virus. You are considered protected only after two weeks of the second dose of the two-dose vaccines or two weeks after taking the single-dose vaccine.
Scientists have revealed that the COVID-19 vaccines work to ensure your protection but they are still studying how effective the vaccines are in preventing the spread of COVID-19 to others. How long the protection of the vaccines will last is also not yet known, so, until more detailed information related to vaccine rollout, you need to take precautions in public places even after you have been fully vaccinated. You should wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose, practice frequent handwashing, maintain six feet distance from the other person, and you should avoid large gatherings to continue your fight against COVID-19.
The CDC has recently rolled out some guidelines for the fully vaccinated people, thus, if you have been fully vaccinated then you can meet other fully vaccinated people and can even visit with members of one household without wearing a mask. In case if you contract COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine unless you have some symptoms.
However, the safety protocols need to be practiced until and unless herd immunity is achieved. Herd immunity is a term used when a certain threshold of people is protected from disease either through vaccinations or because they have already had the virus because this makes it hard for the virus to spread from person to person. Since herd immunity works differently for every virus so the percentage of the population required to reach herd immunity for COVID-19 is not yet known.
Herd immunity is vital, especially for people who cannot be vaccinated like newborns because it helps to protect them too. Thus, it becomes more important for VOVID-19 because the vaccine is not currently being distributed to all age groups, so when more people will develop immunity to the virus, then it will protect them and also others by slowing and finally stopping the spread. Thus, all of you residing in any state of the U.S. should go and vaccinate yourself and your family to ensure your protection as well as that of others too.
In most cases, Americans will not have to pay anything for the COVID-19 vaccine. Government officials know that cost of the vaccine may prove an obstacle, so laws were implemented to ensure that people would be able to access the vaccine at no cost. For the public health emergency duration that is effective through April 21, 2021, a majority of the people will have access to a no-cost COVID-19 vaccine. Though coverage details may change, once the public health emergency is over. Besides, even Medicare beneficiaries have access to COVID-19 vaccines at no cost.