What it’s essential to know in regards to the Covid vaccine

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Americans could get a Covid-19 vaccine as early as this month as three drug manufacturers have made vaccines that are considered highly effective. Health and government officials are quick to organize the distribution and delivery systems for the vaccines. Three drug companies – AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer – are applying for regulatory approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for three different vaccines. Here are some common questions about vaccines.

Who will get the vaccine in Pennsylvania first when it becomes available?

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, officials will work in three phases to deliver the vaccine to Pennsylvanians: During Phase 1, the vaccine will be distributed to health workers, first responders to the ambulance service, and residents and community care workers. In Phase 2 efforts will focus on ensuring access to the vaccine for unvaccinated critical Phase 1 populations and the general population. In Phase 3, efforts are focused on ensuring that the entire population has access to the vaccine.

When can I get a shot? Do I need two cans?

Individuals receive two shots 21 days apart, said Dr. Carol Fox, Excela Health’s chief medical officer. “We don’t know when that might be yet,” said Fox, who introduced her statement by saying that Excela Health will follow the guidelines set by the state for distribution.

If You Had Covid Should You Get The Vaccine?

Yes, according to Dr. Amesh Adalja, a Pittsburgh-based infectious disease and critical care physician, a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

“You should still get the vaccine, even if you have had Covid-19 in the past. Although a previous infection confers immunity, it is somewhat unpredictable and the duration is uncertain, ”Adalja said. “Your natural immunity would be boosted by the vaccine. If your Covid-19 infection was recent (within 3 months) you may want others to have the vaccine in your priority group. ”

What are the possible side effects?

Arm pain, general aches and pains, fatigue, and a fever, according to Fox. “We were told that about 20% of people will experience some side effects, even more after the second dose,” said Fox.

Can my children get the vaccine?

The Ministry of Health says the vaccines, which will be available early, are for those aged 18 and over. Further research is needed to ensure that any Covid-19 vaccine for infants, children and adolescents is safe and effective.

Will people have a choice which vaccine to get?

Probably not, so Adalja. But he also said that between Pfizer and Moderna there is no reason to favor one or the other.

“The vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer appear to be interchangeable for the recipient of the vaccine to my knowledge,” said Adalja. “So there’s really no need to go over the border to get the Moderna vaccine when your state has the Pfizer vaccine.”

Should allergy sufferers avoid vaccination?

“We are told that people with previous reactions to vaccines may want to wait a while to get the vaccine in order to get a better sense of why they might or might not have a reaction,” Fox said.

Will the vaccine be mandatory?

The Ministry of Health said it had no plans to make the vaccine mandatory.

“You need to remember that you can do this with an emergency permit, not a full FDA license,” said Dr. Adalia. “I don’t think this is something that could or would be mandated because its availability is based on a limited amount of data.”

Does the vaccine make you immune to Covid-19?

The Covid-19 vaccination protects you by triggering an antibody response without causing disease, according to the Ministry of Health. Both natural immunity and vaccine-evoked immunity are important aspects of Covid-19 that experts want to learn more about, and the CDC will keep the public informed as new information becomes available.

How much vaccine will be available?

When the FDA first approves or approves the use of one or more Covid-19 vaccines in the United States, there may be limited supply. This would mean not everyone can be vaccinated right away, the health department said.

Paul Guggenheimer is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or pguggenheimer@triblive.com.

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