The race to disseminate a Coronavirus vaccine to Americans is on, with more than 405 million coronavirus infections, including 77 million illnesses and more than 914,346 deaths in the United States, since the pandemic began.
The United States is seeing the introduction of three new vaccines. All children ages 5 and up have been given the go-ahead for Pfizer; younger youngsters may be given the green light this year (Pfizer has full FDA approval for those 16 and older). Anyone over 18 can now safely take Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Immunization against COVID-19 has been found to decrease the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
In light of recent vaccine news, parents are wondering when things will revert to “normal” and what vaccines mean for their families.
Vaccines must meet severe FDA restrictions before they may be sold to the general population. To assure the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, it must undergo three stages. According to the FDA, a vaccine is considered successful if it protects at least half of the people who receive it.
Is the pace of testing too rapid?
This vaccine was introduced to the market at a breakneck pace. Many corporations, research centers, and colleges around the world put in enormous effort to achieve this, and it’s a credit to them all.
However, despite the fact that things are moving faster than usual in terms of vaccine development, we should trust in the clinical trial process, and the fact that a therapy brought to market is safe and effective.
Who should get vaccinated against COVID-19?
To begin with, only health care providers, high-risk adults, and people living in long-term care institutions were given access to the vaccine when it was strategically rolled out to the public. COVID-19 vaccines are now available to all U.S. citizens five years of age and older.
Is it okay for kids?
Vaccines that have been approved by the FDA are safe for children and can be given without worry by their parents. An emergency use authorization was granted for 12- to 15-year-olds on May 10 after Pfizer stated that its vaccine was successful in avoiding sickness in early teenagers. Earlier this year, Pfizer got emergency permission for youngsters between the ages of 5 and 11, and younger children may soon follow suit. Efficacy in pediatric trials was found to be greater than 90%, with no red flags.
Yes, pregnant ladies are fine with it.
It is strongly recommended that pregnant women obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, as the benefits of vaccination much outweigh any possible dangers. CDC and ACOG endorse it.
Does it pose an allergy risk?
People with serious allergies were cautioned against receiving the Pfizer vaccine because of the early distribution in the U.K., but Americans with allergies have been given the OK to receive it, albeit they must consult with their doctors first and be monitored after immunization.
People who have had anaphylactic reactions to other vaccines or injectables in the past can still receive the vaccine; however, they should be warned about the possibility of a severe allergic reaction and advised to weigh this risk against the benefits of vaccination before receiving it.
Before getting vaccinated, if you or your kid have a history of adverse reactions, you should consult with your doctor.
Do I need to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine for my family?
If you catch COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you get vaccinated to avoid becoming extremely ill. It may also prevent the spread of illness to others who are close to you. It is generally agreed among medical professionals that families should wait until the vaccine evidence has been thoroughly tested before making any decisions. Always check with your local medical center and doctor before contacting the FDA or government officials regarding your family’s vaccination regimen.