Several vaccines have been developed to help protect the people against COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for emergency usage, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna requiring two administered doses while the Johnson & Johnson suffices with a single dose. The public continues to put forth inquiries regarding these vaccines, such as:
● Is there any difference in the efficacy of vaccines requiring two doses and vaccines requiring one dose?
● What difference does the second dose make?
● How much time should you wait before getting the second shot?
All of which will be addressed and responded to within this article.
The available COVID-19 vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines, mRNA vaccines, which, unlike other vaccines, teach our cells how to make a protein that can trigger an immune response in our body.
The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines guide our cells in producing a harmless protein called the ‘spike protein,’ which is present on the surface of the coronavirus, therefore mimicking an actual infection. The virus uses this protein to attach to and enter a host cell in your body.
The cells in our body have some memory associated with them. These vaccines depend on that phenomenon, meaning that after you receive your shot, your immune system stores the information of the spike protein. If you are exposed to the coronavirus again, your immune system uses this previously stored information to generate the necessary antibodies and immune response.
This entire immunity process is not completed until two weeks after the second dose, which is the reason why you are still vulnerable to COVID-19 for a few days after you take the vaccine.
Though it is important not to take the second dose too early, it is equally important not to delay receiving your second shot in order to reap the full benefits of the vaccine.
But what happens when you don’t get your second dose within the recommended time frame? Don’t worry. The CDC states that you can take up to 6 weeks to get your second dose. Though this is true, we are not sure about the consequences of delaying the second dose beyond this time period, so it is best to get your immunizations completed in a timely manner.
Neither us or the CDC recommends it. The CDC suggests that the two vaccines should not be interchanged because experts aren’t sure if the efficacy of the vaccines will be retained if they are overlapped or if there are any dangers to doing so.
COVID is here and COVID is still spreading, but that can be changed if you take the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage others around you to do so as well. Be a part of the movement to end the millions of lives lost, to smile and laugh with your friends once more, and to ensure a safer environment for yourself and your families.
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