Promising News! There are 2 vaccines that are touted to be 90% effective, and 94% effective, from Pfizer and Moderna, respectively. They are both non-live vaccines, using messenger RNA to instruct the body to manufacture the spike protein of the SARS-COV2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19). They don’t expect there to be any significant issues. This is so exciting! This is just one step in the fight of this COVID-19 pandemic.
Although I am excited about these new developments, I would like to know more information about the safety of these vaccines. They talk about the effectiveness of the vaccines, which is obviously important, but it’s just as important to talk about safety. For example, the vaccine may prevent me from getting COVID, but it may have major side effects.
As a former clinical researcher, I know the importance of conducting safety and efficacy drug trials. Gathering this data takes years to collect, analyze, and surveil! This process can take anywhere between 10-20 years!
The top questions I have are:
- What are the side effects? We must remember that any vaccine can cause side effects. Are the side effects minor like a sore arm? Or are there major side effects like seizures, kidney damage, damage to my heart… is this vaccine worth the potential long-term damage that it may cause?
- How long will it be effective? Do I need to take this vaccine every year? Every 10 years? Lifetime coverage?
- Are there any vaccine-drug interactions? For example, interaction between a vaccine and a drug has been reported with the flu vaccine and coumadin (which is a blood thinner).
- Though most issues arise in live virus vaccines (these 2 new COVID vaccines are non-live), I need to know if these vaccines safe for pregnant women? Immunocompromised patients? Children?
- Because of the mRNA technology where the body makes the spike protein for COVID-19, I have a few questions. The idea is that the presence of this protein inside the cell would trigger inflammation and cause an immune response, attacking the protein and enabling the immune system to create memory cells for that protein. So, if the body comes into contact with this protein again, it would be able to quickly fight it. The problem is that the creation of these spike proteins could be a trigger for autoimmune conditions to start or flare. So my main question is, will it cause an autoimmune reaction?
These are some of the key questions that I have about the vaccines, and you should have these questions too. Again, I am so excited that we have these vaccines on the horizon! I just need more information.
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Tools for COVID-19 Prevention
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Get the vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/
While COVID-19 cases continue to soar, better masks will help protect against transmission. The CDC says a NIOSH-approved N95 provides the most protection. Well-fitting surgical masks and KN95 masks offer the next best protection, followed by cloth masks with multiple layers. I recommend this Face Mask NIOSH N95 w/o Valve.
CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. I recommend TriDerma Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer.
Choose a face shield that wraps around the sides of your face and extends below your chin or a hooded face shield. This is based on the limited available data that suggest these types of face shields are better at preventing spray of respiratory droplets. I recommend Shield U PPE Headgear and Face Shield.
An oximeter may be useful for monitoring oxygen levels if a person has a light case of COVID-19 and is treating it at home.
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Last updated on January 25th, 2022 at 12:05 pm
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