Things to Consider Before Getting the COVID Vaccine

 Many are aware that vaccines usually take years to develop, so when the COVID vaccine was done rather quickly, suspicions rose. However, experts say that absolutely no steps were skipped. Due to the immense financial support from the government, the vaccine could be developed at a rate that we have never seen before.

Things to Consider Before Getting the COVID Vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming readily available to the general public, opinions, questions, and fears are spreading like wildfire. In this article, I hope to separate fact from fiction by answering common questions and hopefully can provide clarity to any uncertainty surrounding the vaccine.

Did the vaccine skip any tests in order to be finished quicker?

 Many are aware that vaccines usually take years to develop, so when the COVID vaccine was done rather quickly, suspicions rose. However, experts say that absolutely no steps were skipped. Due to the immense financial support from the government, the vaccine could be developed at a rate that we have never seen before. Another reason for the fast production was mRNA technology. It has been studied for years and therefore, any vaccine that uses it automatically has a shortcut. 

Will the vaccine give me COVID?

In a few other vaccines, there is a small chance of getting the sickness that you are trying to prevent, so this fear is completely understandable. However, the COVID vaccine will not give you COVID. This is mainly due to the mRNA technology. The vaccine is not a live virus, therefore, there is no chance. You may feel symptoms after receiving the vaccine but that is a completely normal bodily response. 

Can I get the vaccine even when I am sick with COVID-19?

The general consensus among experts is that you should wait until you are recovered to get the vaccine. This is because your immune system should be completely ready for the vaccine, not partially hurting. In the best possible scenario, your body takes the vaccine like a champ. Those chances are way higher if you are fully recovered.