What’s up with the COVID Vaccine?

Mark Rokhlenko, Editor In Chief

For now over a week, the coronavirus vaccine has begun distributing, and many are left wondering a number of questions. This article is for those that might want a good resource of reliable information about the vaccine.


Who are these vaccines from?

There are 3 major companies here. 2 vaccines have been approved by the FDA, one from a collaboration from Pfizer and BioNtech, and one from Moderna. These are all trusted companies who have the support of the U.S. government and many others behind them.


How did these vaccines get developed so quickly?

Many scientists, including Fauci, doubted that a vaccine would be developed within a year, and it surprised us all when vaccines began distribution in under a year. Them being made so quickly does not mean they are bad. A prominent factor in why they succeeded is the US government. The government partially funded, but most importantly provided the companies with research that the companies did not have. This is not the first time the government has provided companies with extreme aid. No company on its own would have thought to create the first computer, because it was not a financially viable situation. However after WW2, the US government began publicizing how to make and use computers, which bolstered us into the digital age. Essentially the same thing happened here.



Though not perfect, both vaccines have proved to be very effective. Both have effectiveness ranging from 92-94% effectiveness.


Side Effects?

Though no major health issues were found, the vaccines have proven to sometimes cause “…fatigue, muscle soreness and aches, joint pain and headache, plus pain, redness or swelling at the injection site”(USA Today). However, “A sore arm and feeling crummy for a day or two is a lot better than COVID,” says Dr. William Schaffner, a professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


When can I expect to be vaccinated?

If you are a medical worker in direct contact with COVID patients, you should be expecting to be vaccinated in the following days or weeks. Next in line will be police, firefighters, teachers and grocery workers. However the normal person can be expected to be vaccinated sometime this summer.