The COVID-19 Vaccine


“Can the Covid Vaccine Protect Me Against Virus Variants? NY Times 4/15/21

COVID‑19 is a disease that started in 2019 but spread world-wide in 2020. 2.95M people have died because of this disease but the good news is that now we have several effective vaccines. This is intended to provide protection against the effects of the coronavirus. In fact, anyone 16 and older can get them right now in local pharmacies. It is not much different than a normal vaccine. “It didn’t feel any different than taking any other vaccine,” stated one of the first testers to try the vaccine. 

So you might be asking, how did they make this vaccine so fast? Usually, making a vaccine can take up to 10 years or more, while the COVID vaccine was developed in less than a year. And to put that into perspective the Mumps vaccine took 4 years to develop and was holding the last record for the fastest developed vaccine. Moderna, the company that made the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, collaborated with the NIH to make full use of their short time and to make the best vaccine possible.  Researchers have been studying other coronavirus since 2002.

Another common question for the makers was the cost, If they could make it so fast how costly was it? The cost was not as friendly as the speed. But still very worth it. The production of a typical vaccine funding is around 30-$70 million USD but for the making of COVID, it was pledged $8 billion in USD from the European government just for the research itself. The U.S. government, under Operation Warp Speed, partnered with multiple institutions to develop, manufacture and distribute 300 million doses. This vaccine uses the newly advanced mRNA technology to be in their vaccine. This is the first time mRNA was used in humans outside of clinical trials. 

But what are people’s thoughts on this vaccine issue and do people think it is safe? Some People who have received their vaccine believe that the vaccine is safe saying, “The vaccine is safe and everyone should receive it so we can stop the spread of this virus.” Although there are some opposing opinions on this vaccine. The people who have not gotten their vaccine yet, believe that the vaccine is not necessary, could be harmful and will spread the virus.

Like most vaccines, this one is not 100% or without risk, but you must weigh the positives and the negative and decide what’s best for you. Not everyone can take the vaccine due to medical or religious reasons, but the majority can and are eligible.  With so many people worldwide taking either the Pfizer or Moderna  vaccines, the number of serious cases are starting to decrease.  With proper precautions and the majority of the population receiving any of these vaccines, things are starting to return to a new normal.  Remember you’re not taking the vaccine to avoid getting the virus, you’re taking it to avoid dying or causing someone else to get sick.  The vaccine is having a positive effect and we should all consider doing our part and get vaccinated.