COVID-19 Vaccine Updates: Two of our authors reflect on the latest COVID-19 Vaccine updates.

Vaccine Proved Safe and Effective


The COVID-19 Vaccine is the only way we could stop this whole entire pandemic that has been going on now for over a year. The CDC has just recently made some huge announcements on how effective it is and how by taking this vaccine you can avoid getting COVID-19. Therefore, it protects you from it with only a few short term side effects after receiving the vaccination for only a few days.

“Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 just after vaccination. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.” (CDC). 

Receiving this vaccination is serious. The federal government points out that this vaccination is effective towards Covid-19 and can prevent the virus from getting you sick. Also even if someone already has Covid-19, having them receive the vaccination after testing positive helps them from seriously getting ill and eventually takes the virus away from them. Even after receiving the vaccine, the CDC requires people to still follow all guidelines relating to Covid-19, for example wearing a mask, because of how after vaccination it can take up to three weeks for your body to fully fight off Covid-19 and to build that protection from it that a vaccine should do.

Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe. These vaccines cannot give you COVID-19. After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination, such as chills or tiredness, may affect your ability to do daily activities, and they should go away in a few days.” (CDC). 

Some people do not want to take this vaccine because they believe it is not safe or that it may give you the actual virus Covid-19 instead of preventing it. However, as said by the CDC, this vaccine was highly monitored to ensure this vaccine was made safe. The CDC encourages people to want to take this vaccine to help stop this pandemic not continue it. They prove that millions of Americans living in the United States have already received this vaccination and are perfectly fine. People who received it had short term side effects but after a few days, those side effects went away.

“Although the vaccine supply is currently limited, the federal government is working toward making vaccines widely available for everyone at no cost. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to people living in the United States. However, your vaccination provider may bill your insurance company, Medicaid, or Medicare for an administration fee. Vaccination providers can be reimbursed for this by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay the vaccine administration fee. In the coming months, doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics will offer COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor’s office or local pharmacy may have contacted you with information about their vaccination plans.”(CDC). 

Currently the vaccine is still limited in who is able to receive it. The federal government is working hard everyday to continue to monitor this vaccine and to continue to send out millions of vaccines across the United States to help stop this pandemic and to keep Americans safe. Hopefully, this vaccine will be available to all Americans who want it, free of charge. In the coming months, local hospitals or emergency rooms may  also have the vaccine available to anyone who would want to go in and receive it. 

The CDC has taken months to carefully look and monitor this vaccination to ensure it is safe before releasing it to millions of Americans. It was proved safe before and after lots of Americans received this vaccination. Within the next year, hopefully every single American has this vaccine to end this pandemic for good.

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Where are we at?


Everyone is tired of having to stay home, with some families even losing their homes due to this pandemic. In the end, there may be some relief for everyone soon. The COVID vaccine was publicly released in December of 2020. Since then, people have been working hard on shipping it out to the public, starting with the people who need it most, healthcare workers. A lot of progress has been made with 11% of the United States population with the vaccine already. The more people who have the vaccine, the faster the pandemic can be over. How can you yourself get the vaccine tho, and why would it help if you’re asymptomatic? That’s what this article will talk about, and more.

Some Americans don’t even want the vaccine in the first place even when they would have access to it, but how come? In order to get rid of a widespread virus, people would need to take the vaccine for it in order to avoid getting it, therefore stop it from spreading. ABC7 News Bay Area interviewed some people that had plans on not getting the vaccine in august of 2020. Joseph Jacks explained that he didn’t want something in his body that wasn’t 100% tested. Someone else they interviewed, Dana Ullman said he was concerned pharmaceutical companies are putting speed over safety when it comes to the development of the vaccine. So far there haven’t been any serious recorded side effects by the vaccine, and without those people taking it the longer the virus will be around. So it’s very important to contribute to stopping the spread and ending this pandemic by getting the vaccine yourself. Now that you know the reason why you should, how can you and where can you go to get vaccinated?

There are multiple places you could go, as soon as you can have access to it..

“You can get most recommended vaccines at your doctor’s office, and many recommended vaccines are also available at local pharmacies, health centers, health departments, and travel clinics,” says

“I was fine on the day itself but on the same night, I found it hard to turn on the vaccinated side while sleeping because my arm was really sore. It was slightly hard to lift up my arm, but other than that, I did not experience any other side effects. It took about three days for the soreness to fully go away!” says Mrs. Evonne on Asiaone.

But what about longer than a few days? What will change in your life after a week or two? And do you not have to wear a mask once vaccinated?

Just because you’ve been vaccinated doesn’t mean you don’t have to wear a mask anymore and ignore all of the social distancing rules. CDC.GOV clears this up by saying 

“COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus …it takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus” adding on more clarification they say people can go inside with each other without a mask, as long as they’re all vaccinated. Things that don’t change once you’re vaccinated are having to wear a mask around crowds or visiting people with a high risk of illness from covid. The pandemic won’t be 100% over until sixty or seventy percent of the population has been vaccinated, until then it’s important to get the vaccine whenever you have the chance to. 

After a little over one year into pandemic in America, a lot of people are ready for it to be over and see their friends and family members again. In the meantime, it’s very important to do the right thing and keep distance from others and wear a mask. Getting the vaccine is another important part to end the pandemic, as well as doing what’s right once you have it.

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