Covid Vaccine

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Bailey Engel, Editor

The coronavirus was originally discovered in December of 2019 before it rapidly became worse towards the beginning of 2020. Towards February and March nearly a world wide quarantine was set in place and almost everyone was stuck at home. The virus was able to quickly turn into a world-wide pandemic. Just after a little under a year scientists and doctors have already come out with a new vaccine. This is remarkable because perfected vaccines can take anywhere from 7-10 years! Although, the vaccine might not be perfected, they were able to come out with one very fast.

COVID-19 is a virus that can very easily spread to other people because it is an airborne virus. So, mandatory rules were set into place; including wearing masks, social distancing, following CDC recommendations, and stay at home orders. Many people know COIVD-19 was named because CO stands for Corona(people think its called corona because that means crown in Spanish, and the virus looks like little crowns), VI stands for virus and D stands for disease. As well as 19 is in the name because thats when virus was discovered. Just like any other vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine will work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus and causes of COVID-19 if exposed. After recorded data the COVID-19 effectivity rate is 95% which is really good. As well as if you get the vaccine and then get COIVD-19(not super likely) so far it will lessen the severity and the rate to spread to other communities is a lot less likely than somebody without the vaccine.

There are a lot of common asked questions about the vaccine, some can be answered but all cannot because of how new the vaccine is. A commonly asked one is, “If I get the vaccine, will I test positive for COVID?” The answer is no, because the vaccine does not contain the live virus so you would not test positive. Another commonly asked question is, “If I’ve had COVID-19 and recovered should I still get the vaccine?” Doctors and scientists are saying yes because the possibility of reinfection is possible. Doctors don’t know how long natural and vaccine-induced immunity will last. So far natural immunity has been discovered to not last very long, so doctors recommend still getting it. The last commonly asked question is, “If I get the vaccine, will it protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?” The answer to this is also yes, once you get the vaccine it will teach your immune system how to fight the virus, so if you get COVID your body will know how to fight it off making the symptoms a lot less severe than they could be.

As far as the vaccine, people are wanting to know when will the vaccine come out to the public. As far as that goes first all of the health workers will be vaccinated, then everyone who is high-risk and they are predicting hopefully by the end of February the vaccine will be out to the general public. The side affects of the COVID-19 vaccine are very minimal, and could include a fever(because your body is trying to learn how to fight the virus) and a sore arm. If you are able to get the vaccine I would reccomend getting it.