This past Saturday morning, an estimated 283.5 million individuals worldwide have had their first vaccination shot against the coronavirus known as COVID-19. Of that number, an estimated 60.6 million have received their full, two-shot-dose.
Recent studies have provided additional data touting the efficacy of the vaccine, including a study by Israel that states the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is working as well in real-life as it did in its clinical trials. The vaccine has proven to prevent the severe contraction of COVID-19, as well as hospitalizations and deaths. All of this even as it is facing the recently reported mutated UK variant.
Great Britain's research shows data that those who only received one dose of either the Pfizer or the AstraZeneca/Oxford versions develop the same immune responses after only one does, as those who never contracted the virus get from the two-dose regimen.
After the vaccinations having been given in North America, Europe, Israel, and other countries worldwide, it has been determined that the side-effects are showing as minimal. So far, the only common reported side-effects include pain at the site of injections and other claiming brief flu-like symptoms, which have been more widely reported after the second dose.
With all that said, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated the guidelines for the vaccines, adding three new adverse effects that individuals need to be on the lookout for. The first new addition can occur after either the first or the second dose, and that is the appearance of redness or rash. Those who received the first injection of Moderna reported this effect, which was said to go away in a few days.
In addition to the redness, many experienced some pain and swelling at the site of the injection. The systemic reactions that have been added are those of muscle pain and nausea, along with tiredness, headache, chills, and fever. The CDC states that these reactions are nothing to be alarmed about as it only shows that your body's immune system is doing its job and responding to the perceived threat and kicking your immunity into gear.
Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines may be taken post-vaccination to help relieve the side effects. However, the CDC does not recommend taking the medications pre-vaccination in an effort to head off any possible side-effects.
Do you think the vaccinations will continue to prove effective and tolerable?