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Get yourself vaccinated – What you need to know

Updated: Aug 3

Have you read or heard a claim about Covid-19 vaccine?

Want to know whether it is real or fake? You are at the right place.

You might have seen it on social media, heard it from a relative or a friend, have received an email, or it must be something that you are speculating silently to yourself.

No matter where you heard or read the claim, it must be making you worry about having the coronavirus treatment and vaccine when it is your turn to get vaccinated.

Or you might even be sure that the claim is fake, but you just need an explanation you can believe.

We are here to break all the myths and claims as well as give you enough explanation so that you can get vaccinated without fear.

It is very salient to break these myths and fears so that people get vaccinated as soon as it is their turn. If more people believe these myths and decide not to get the vaccine, then the pandemic will last longer, and more people could die.

It is equally crucial to fight back against this deadly information as Covid-19.

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Which of the Vaccines are Approved by the FDA?

On 11th December’2020, the FDA granted an emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine for usage in people 16 years or older.

Although, the emergency authorisation is not fully FDA approved. Before giving full approval, Pfizer will need enough data till then it will continue to study the efficacy and safety of the vaccine.

On 17th December’2020, the advisory committee of FDA again met to review the clinical data of Moderna’s phase 3. During the review meeting, the panel voted to commend emergency use authorisation for the Covid-19 vaccine.


What is in the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Moderna’s and Pfizer BioNtech coronavirus vaccine uses bits and pieces of genetic code to cause an immune response which is called mRNA vaccine.

The vaccine actually does not alter any human cells; it simply presents the body with instructions to build immunity to fight Covid-19.

Vaccines contain aluminium to make it stable and more effective.


Is Covid-19 Vaccine Safe for Us?

Do You Know?

“In the UK, more than 6,00,000 people have been vaccinated so far against coronavirus using the approved Pfizer-BioNtech jab. So, you do not have to worry about putting something unknown in your body.”

Before giving vaccines to humans, safety trials began in the lab with innumerous tests on cells and animals.

The concerned authority ensured that it is safe to move forward from a smaller group to a larger group and move ahead from phase 1 to phase 2 and so on.

There is no proof that the corona vaccine and ingredients, such as aluminium can cause harm when used in small amounts.

Vaccines and treatment for covid-19 are designed to save you from the disease and not give you one. They help your immune system to recognise and fight against the infection.

There may be some mild symptoms, but they are not at all fatal. It is simply your body’s response to the vaccine.

Do you know?

According to BBC, the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial was voluntarily put-on hold at one stage to investigate why one participant - out of many thousands - had died. It restarted once it was clear it was not related to the vaccine.”

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What about the Side Effects from the Vaccine?

The side effects and allergies from any vaccine are very rare. All the ingredients are listed on approved vaccine.

MHRA said that it has not yet identified any “adverse reactions” while conducting Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine trial.

For all vaccines, its affects are tested in the clinical and pre-clinical trials. Some of the common side effects of the vaccine that have been approved are:

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Nausea

  • Pain at the injection site

  • Muscle pain

  • Feeling unwell

  • Joint pain

  • Fatigue

  • Chills

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Swelling or redness at the injection site

These side effects will last only for a day or two. Majority of people may have mild or moderate symptoms, whereas some of them may have more severe symptoms.

A few people have had severe symptoms outside the clinical trials who got themselves Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.

According to Healthline, as a precaution, people having any severe allergic reactions from any of the ingredients listed, he/she should not currently have the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. Also, if anyone had a severe reaction from the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, he/she should also not take the second dose.


Who can get vaccinated from Covid-19 right now?

The availability of the vaccine is limited right now, so the government has to decide who will receive the vaccine and when.

The Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices (ACIP) suggested that the health care workers and residents of long-term care should get vaccinated in the first phase.

It was reported from the Kaiser Family Foundation that, although this was not compulsory, most states are following this recommendation.

Some of the states have also decided to provide vaccine to people incarnated in prison, senior citizens, or people living in a homeless shelter, immuno-compromised, and to people in law enforcement.

The ACIP is yet to decide who will get injected with vaccines in the second phase.


Where can you get vaccinated?

Vaccines will initially be given in nursing homes, hospitals, military facilities, and long-term care facilities.

With more doses available, vaccines will also be given at hospitals, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, public clinics, and mobile clinics.

The Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine is required to be stored in an ultra-low temperature until ready to use. Thus, the circulation will be limited to sites with such specialised freezer.

The Moderna vaccine is also required to store in low temperature, but it can be stored in a regular freezer.

According to WHO, “Two full doses of the Oxford vaccine gave 62% protection, a half dose followed by a full dose was 90%, and overall, the trial showed 70% protection.”


Can a Covid-19 Survivor receive the vaccine?

Yes, a COVID survivor will also be given this vaccine. The main reason is that natural immunity may or may not be long-lived, and getting vaccinated can offer more protection.

Guidance says that there are no safety concerns about giving the vaccine to people with ‘long’ Covid-19 either. But people who are at present unwell with Covid-19 should not take the vaccine until they have recovered.”


5 Facts about Covid-19 Vaccine!

  1. COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with the disease.

  2. People who have already got sick with Covid-19 may still benefit from vaccines!

  3. Covid-19 vaccines cannot cause you to test positive on Covid-19 viral trials!

  4. Receiving an mRNA vaccine cannot change your DNA!

  5. Getting vaccinated can help avoid getting sick with Covid-19!

Now you have everything you need to decide whether you want to get vaccinated for Covid-19 or not!

But trust us, getting vaccinated is a lot-lot safer than not getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

There will be designated covid-19 hospitals where you can get vaccinated. It is very vital to have coronavirus treatment so that you and your family remain safe.

Even if you have some mild symptoms after the first dose, you should go for the second dose as well.

“Your immunity is incomplete [after one dose], and it might not be effective. So, you have more than likely wasted the first dose, if you don’t get the second one in time,” Dr. Waleed Javaid, an associate professor of infectious disease at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, said.

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You can read our blog on “How we Treat COVID-19 Patients with Physiotherapy” to know in detail about our Covid-19 treatments and services.

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