The pandemic has altered peoples live in both enormous and small ways. Although the pandemic is not quite over, we can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and can look forward to better days ahead. What seems like has taken forever is finally here! CoVID-19 vaccines have been approved and are being administered. But what does this mean?
What you need to know
There are currently two vaccines for prevention of CoVID-19: Pfizer and Moderna. Both vaccines are offered as a two-dose series; the second dose of Pfizer is given about 21 days post first dose and for Moderna, the second dose is given about 28 days post first dose.
Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Moderna is 94.1% effective and Pfizer is 95% effective at preventing CoVID-19 illness in people who have had no evidence of previous infection.
These vaccines use a special technique to make antibodies to SARS-CoV2 (the virus that causes CoVID-19) by using mRNA. mRNA is a “code” that our bodies read to make a protein that looks like SARS-CoV2 and our bodies then see these proteins and will make antibodies for them. So, the next time our bodies see SARS-CoV2, our bodies will remember and will be ready to attack to fight off the virus! For more information regarding vaccines please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html
Am I eligible and when can I get vaccinated?
- The vaccines are for people of ages 16 and older.
- You are eligible for the vaccine even if you have had CoVID-19 once the vaccine is released to your population. (Please do NOT get vaccinated if you have an active infection as this exposes our frontline workers)
- Currently, there are 3 phases of receiving CoVID-19 vaccinations:
- Buncombe County are currently vaccinating individuals in North Carolina’s first 2 phases; health care workers and adults 65 and older. Those individuals can join the CoVID-19 vaccine waitlist at https://www.buncombecounty.org/covid-19
For your convenience, there is an app designed to not only remind you of your second dose but also allows you to provide personalized health check-ins after you have received your vaccine. With this app, you can relay information to the CDC if you are experiencing any side effects post-vaccine. (Note: this app does not allow you to schedule appointments)