Over a year ago, our daily routines drastically changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the year, people have adapted to new ways of living in a variety of ways including social distancing, wearing masks, and working from home. Vaccines have been seen as the way for society to return to some normalcy. While daily vaccination numbers have increased, it is important for people to continue receiving the vaccines. Here are the vaccination rates for each state from NPR. The vaccination is an essential step towards returning to pre-COVID activities without restrictions.
The vaccines created to help our bodies fight COVID-19 have been developed and studied long before the pandemic hit the United States. Both the Pfizer- BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were created using messenger RNA to aid your body with the creation of proteins. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed by adding a coronavirus gene to adenovirus 26’s DNA. Subsequently, the adenovirus travel throughout the body with the template for the coronavirus’ protein spikes. This sounds the alarm for the body to create antibodies and more easily recognize SARS-CoV-19 (the virus causing COVID-19). All of these vaccines have been heavily researched and tested before becoming approved by the FDA. If you are unsure which vaccines are best for you, explore this article.
There are many benefits of obtaining a vaccine, as stated by the CDC. Vaccination data has shown that the vaccine can prevent serious illnesses from COVID-19 resulting in fewer hospitalizations and deaths. It can also protect people around you as there is evidence that vaccinated people are more likely to show symptoms if infected. If symptoms are being shown and a person follows quarantine protocol, it is less likely for COVID-19 to be spread to others. Additionally, if you are fully vaccinated, you can also start doing more activities that had been stopped prior to the pandemic. Last Friday, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people, who are two weeks out from their second vaccine, can participate in activities without a mask or physical distancing except where required by other regulations.
Getting vaccinated helps to protect you and others around you! If you are not sure where to get a vaccine, use this tracker to find local vaccination clinics. We, at Cold FAid®, hope that you and your family continue to stay healthy.