FAQ About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination
December 18, 2020
How does the vaccine work?
Previous vaccines have used weakened or a dead version of the virus. The COVID-19 vaccine is a different type called mRNA and it works by teaching our body how to make a specific protein – called the “spike protein”. Our body will then start an immune response (or fight off the virus) and destroy the protein introduced by the vaccine. Once destroyed, our immune system will remember how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if we become infected.
Is the vaccine safe?
Clinical trials have shown they are safe and over 90% effective in preventing an infection from COVID-19.
FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19. Here is why:
mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19, making it non-infectious
mRNA is unable to disrupt our DNA. The cell breaks down and gets rid of the “spike protein” instructions on the mRNA as soon as it is used.
How was the vaccine made so fast?
Making mRNA vaccines takes less time because the ingredients do not need to be grown in eggs, like the flu and rabies vaccines. There have also been studies done on similar viruses as early as 2002 and that information was used to “jumpstart” COVID-19 vaccine development. The vaccine is made in test tubes, or tanks, depending on the amount needed.