COVID-19 Vaccine Released


Kendrick Sterling, Staff Writer

For about a year now the CDC has been working to find a vaccine for COVID-19, that has affected so many lives all around the world. Today, Monday, December 14th, is when health officials expect the vaccine to be given to people. 

The vaccine is called Pfizer-BioNTech. Although the immunization may prevent people from the coronavirus, there are some downfalls to the vaccine. The side effects could cause a tremendous amount of pain. Some common side effects are pain at the injection site, headache, chills, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. Although these effects may seem like a bad response, it actually means that the vaccine is working. The UK has already distributed the vaccine to many. Some have reported experiencing anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction. Another person reported having an irregular rapid heartbeat. Although the side effects, doctors highly recommend getting the vaccine. Two criteria to be considered a good vaccine are effectiveness and safeness, both of which many believe the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is. According to the Washington Post, emergency authorizations have already been improved in Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Canada, and Mexico. A vaccine like this one has never been utilized before. What makes it so unique is that the virus is not being injected into the patient, so the body becomes the vaccine maker, creating a protein that triggers a reaction. In order for the virus to become extinct, officials hope at least 70 percent of the population will agree to being treated. Other vaccines are in their final stages and are close to being released. Some include AstraZeneca’s vaccine, Janssen’s vaccine, and Moderna’s vaccine. The UK has made more strides than any other country in the world in attempts to end the coronavirus. According to BBC, the UK is due to receive 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and five million doses of the Moderna vaccine. We can do our part in ending the global pandemic by getting the vaccine.