As COVID-19 cases surge in the United States and elsewhere, the world has received good news recently. There is finally a COVID-19 vaccine. However, one thing remained clear: the COVID-19 vaccine won’t come in time to rescue the world from the next several months. The virus will take many more lives unless the public takes more stringent public health measures. The CDC has released a list of thing you should know about this vaccine.
Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines is a Top Priority
The United States safety system ensures the safety of every vaccine and makes sure they are as safe as possible. The CDC has also released a new tool, V-Safe. V-Safe is an app that checks on post vaccination health. It is an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase our ability to rapidly detect and issues with the vaccine.
Two Rounds of Vaccine May Be Necessary
Depending on which vaccine you get you might have to go receive another vaccine three to four weeks after the initial shot. This will provide the most protection we have to offer against this very serious virus.
CDC Recommends Those to Receive it First
The CDC has released a list of recommendations on who or what groups should be vaccinated first. Prioritization is due to the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines.
Limited Vaccines With More to Come
The goal is for everyone to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as a large enough quantity is available. Once they have enough vaccines, they then want to then have several thousand providers such as doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers start offering COVID-19 vaccines.
Side Effects May Occur
The side effects from COVID-19 vaccines may feel flu like. They might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away within a few days. There are several different types of vaccines in development. All of them teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
Cost Shouldn’t be an Obstacle
Vaccine doses are purchased with United States Tax-payer money so it can be given to American citizens for free. However, vaccination providers have the right to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed to those vaccinated by the patient’s public or private health insurance companies or, for those who are uninsured, by the Health Resources and Services Administration Provider Relief Fund.
The vaccines being given out right now are under the Emergency Use Authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There are still many vaccines being developed and tested. Once more COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved by the FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will soon after hold public meetings to review all available data about each vaccine.
All ACIP-recommended vaccines will be included in the United States COVID-19 Vaccination Program. The CDC continues to work at all levels with partners including healthcare associates, on a flexible COVID-19 vaccination program that will accommodate different vaccines and adjust to different scenarios. State, tribal, local, and territorial health departments have developed plans on how they want to distribute to make sure all recommended vaccines are available to their communities.
Put a Stop to this Pandemic
The CDC wants everyone to know how important it is to continue using all the tools that have been made available to stop this pandemic as we learn more about how these COVID-19 vaccines work in the real world. They suggest covering your mouth and nose with a mask when out around others, staying at least six feet away from others, avoiding crowds or crowded areas, and you should be washing your hands often.