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COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the COVID-19 virus by producing special white cells -"memory" T-lymphocytes as well as B-lymphocytes. 

When the body is exposed to the virus, these cells will remember how to fight that virus and prevent severe disease. There is no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

  • You can get the vaccines even if you are allergic to eggs, or latex.
  • Since none of the vaccines have the whole viral particle, you cannot get COVID-19 disease from the vaccine.
  • Vaccines can take up to two weeks to be effective.
  • Masks, social distancing measures should still continue after immunization.

COVID-19 Types of Vaccines

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine or mRNA-1273
  • Type of vaccine: mRNA.
  • Number of shots: 2 shots, one month (28 days) apart.
  • Approved for people aged 18 years and older.
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Type of vaccine: mRNA.
  • Number of shots: 2 shots, 21 days appart.
  • Approved for people aged 16 years and older.
Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Type of vaccine: Viral vector.
  • Number of shots: 1 shot.
  • Approved for people aged 18 years and older.

COVID-19 Vaccines FAQ's

Who should not get vaccinated?

Anyone with a history of severe allergic reaction (such as hives, swelling or difficulty breathing) or an immediate allergic reaction (within 4 hours of being vaccinated) to any ingredient in the COVID-19 vaccine (such as polyethylene glycol). You also shouldn't get vaccinated if you has a severe allergic reaction after getting the first dose of the vaccine for two dose vaccines.

What are the side effects?

Most common side effects include:

  • At the site of injection: pain, redness, swelling.
  • Throughout the body: general fatigue, muscle aches, chills, fever, nausea, headache...

These side effects usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine, and at times affect the ability to do daily activities.

procedures for self-quarantine under COVID-19

Stop the Spread

Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Mantain physical distancing
Maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.

Seek medical attention
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.

cough, fever, sore throat,and chills are some of the COVID-19 symptoms

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