Since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has been trying to develop a vaccine to fight this new virus. On December 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finally approved and issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in the country.
On December 18, another EUA has been issued for the Moderna vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will only be given to those who are 16 years old and above, while Moderna is for individuals who are 18 years old and above.
Now that COVID-19 vaccines are available, one of the most frequently asked questions about them is, “If a person gets vaccinated, can they still infect other people?” According to a report by The New York Times, no one knows yet if the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines can keep someone from spreading the virus. Studies are currently being conducted to find the answer to this question.
WHAT CAN THE VACCINES DO?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 in people who have not been infected before. Individuals who receive the vaccine may experience side effects such as headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever, tiredness, and pain at the injection site.
As for the Moderna vaccine, the CDC also confirmed that based on evidence from clinical trials, it was 94.1% effective in people who received two doses and have not been infected before. After taking the vaccine, a person may experience common side effects, including chills, headaches, tiredness, and pain at the injection site.
The CDC also warned that people who have allergic reactions to any ingredient of both vaccines should not get vaccinated. Those who have allergic reactions to other vaccines may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines as long as they consult their doctors first.
SHOULD COVID-19 TESTS STILL BE CONDUCTED?
The country only has a limited supply of vaccines, and it would take a number of months before it will become available for everyone. This is one of the reasons why coronavirus tests must still be conducted. Paradigm Laboratories will continue to offer COVID-19 examinations for people who are willing to get tested.