When Considering Whether Or Not To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine, Here Is What You Should Take Into Account
Start writing a post

When Considering Whether Or Not To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine, Here Is What You Should Take Into Account

Here's the information you need if you are still on the fence.

When Considering Whether Or Not To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine, Here Is What You Should Take Into Account
Photo by cottonbro on Pexels

While I am not a doctor or a medical professional, I have been keeping track of the vaccine that is taking the nation by storm. I have multiple family members that are in the medical field as well and have heard their thoughts and opinion. I am not here to sway either way, only to give more information to help whoever reads this article become more informed.

The COVID-19 vaccine was first formulated in less than a year, beating the record of the fasted vaccine formulated since 1967 when the mumps vaccine took four years to create. It usually takes about 10-15 years to formulate a vaccine, but this was a special case.

Those who were creating the COVID-19 vaccine were under immense pressure and had all the funding that they needed that would help push this vaccine through. Just because it was made quickly doesn't mean it is a bad vaccine, but it should be a part of your decision.

There are currently three different companies with vaccines out right now. The three companies that have vaccines out right now are Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. One major fact that differentiates the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from the Johnson & Johnson one is that the two former are two-dose vaccines whereas the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only one dose.

Another major difference is that the Moderna and the Pfizer vaccines are mRNA based and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a viral vector. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccine, was described by Hackensack Meridian Health, who said "COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body's natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to the disease".

The Johnson & Johnson viral vector vaccine is, as stated by Hackensack Meridian Health, "A gene code unique to SARS-CoV-2 helps produce a spike protein and display it on the cell's surface. Once on the surface of the cell, it causes the immune system to begin producing antibodies and activating T-cells to fight off what it thinks is an infection". This is a major difference that needs to be considered when deciding if you want the vaccine and which you want.

Age is another factor. The COVID-19 vaccine was first produced and tested on those who were high risk, which was generally older people. This means that there was a small number of testing groups that were age ranges under 16. At this point there are no vaccines that are approved for children under 16.

I have talked to doctors and nurses about the vaccine and if they would give their children the vaccine and a large majority said no, they wouldn't give their children the vaccine. There was also a quote from a news article that said, "Children are not simply smaller adults, meaning it's not safe to assume that any drug or vaccine that works well for adults will also be highly safe and effective in children."

Taking all of this information and considering it is important and should be looked into especially if you are a younger person. There are also some data that say there is a higher percentage of younger recipients of the vaccine that get mildly to severely sick afterward. One article explained, "In Johnson & Johnson's clinical trial, more than 60% of younger patients had systemic reactions compared to about 45% of patients over age 60. Pfizer and Moderna's studies show similar numbers, but not as large of a difference. The amount of reactions increase with the second shot."

In addition to the resources linked above, below are a few other resources that are good to look at when considering what to do and are varied on whether they are for or against the vaccine. That said, most of them are factually based.

These sources include: a news article from ABC News, a piece by BioSpace, and information by the CDC.

All of the information that I stated was found in one of these articles. Two other articles that I particularly enjoyed reading and felt were good sources of information were ones by Yale Medicine and Yale Health.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments