Many of us are sorely looking forward to living a normal life once again––and thanks to research conducted all around the world, a potential vaccine is currently being tested! Here’s everything you need to know about it.
How it Works
The Covid vaccine is incapable of getting you sick with the pandemic. This is because it doesn’t actually inject you with the virus. Instead, it simply tells your body to create a protein that can help you fight off the virus, should you come in contact with it. This process uses messenger RNA (mRNA).
Who Gets the Vaccine?
There is an order––a “hierarchy” of sorts––that dictates who gets the vaccine. Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities (e.g., nursing homes) come first. Essential workers like firefighters and grocery store workers, along with people 75 and older are second. People 65-74 years old or 16-64 with preexisting health conditions, coupled with the remaining essential workers, are third. Everyone else comes last.
Receiving the Vaccine
Two doses are required for the vaccine to function. When you receive it, you might experience fever, headaches, and pain in the area of penetration. These symptoms are completely normal. To help diminish their effects, it’s important to drink lots of water. If you’re still experiencing these symptoms after a few days, however, you’ll want to contact a doctor.
Just keep in mind that––according to the CDC––it can take a few weeks for the vaccine to work. So even if you do get the vaccine, it’s still important to keep social distancing and wear your mask.
Everyone wants life to regain that vague sense of normalcy, and luckily for us, the end is in sight. For more information, visit the CDC’s website here. Thank you for reading––I hope you learned something new!