There are many COVID-19 vaccine rumors circulating these days. Delco Ambassador Jay Wright dunks on the FICTION that you don’t need the vaccine if you already contract COVID-19 and that the vaccine was rushed to market.

Fiction Guy

Fiction:
I’ve already had COVID so I don’t need the vaccine.

Coach Jay Wright

Fact:
People who have already been sick still benefit from the vaccine.

A bit more on this

Even if you’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered it from it, you should get vaccinated.

That’s because experts don’t know how long people who’ve been infected by the virus will be protected from getting sick again. Although it’s rare, it’s possible to get infected more than once. And new research suggests that those who’ve already had COVID-19 do benefit from the vaccine — possibly even MORE than vaccinated people who weren’t previously infected.

Fiction Guy

Fiction:
The vaccine was rushed to market so its safety can’t be trusted.

Coach Jay Wright

Fact:
The RNA technology in this vaccine has been in development for nearly 20 years. And studies show the two most popular vaccines are 95% effective.

A bit more on this

OK, so we’ve all heard that COVID-19 is something called a ‘coronavirus’— a nasty little type of virus with protein spikes that make them look scary and sometimes dangerous. There are literally hundreds of types of coronaviruses in circulation around the globe at any given time. They are very common!

As a result, these viruses have been studied by scientists for many years, laying the important groundwork for a vaccine. In addition to years of research, several outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus over the past 20 years concerned governments and scientists enough that new agreements were developed to ensure that nations, companies, and researchers would work together, share data, raise money, modernize facilities, and collectively work to ensure that we could rapidly respond in the event of a global pandemic.

Additionally, significant advances in technology and DNA sequencing capability in just the past few years allowed scientists to quickly map out the COVID-19 virus and allow some of the world’s best and brightest researchers to quickly study COVID-19’s structure — and find its weaknesses!

There is an interesting local connection here: While the effort to defeat COVID-19 is global, two individuals just a few miles from Delaware County—Drew Weissman, MD, PhD, a professor of Infectious Diseases in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, and Katalin Karikó, PhD, an adjunct associate professor at Penn and a senior vice president at BioNTech—shared key discoveries with researchers regarding mRNA vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna), having worked on mRNA technology for years before COVID-19 emerged. Thanks in part to their long-standing efforts, two vaccines, with 95% effectiveness, are available! And, other mRNA vaccines are already being studied in clinical trials for HIV, herpes, the Zika virus, rabies, and influenza. Thank you science!

Want to get vaccinated?

Are you or a loved one ready to get vaccinated? There are multiple vaccination sites open throughout Delaware and surrounding counties. Contact your doctor or other health care professionals to schedule an appointment or visit the Delaware County COVID-19 Vaccinations web page for an up-to-date listing of County-sponsored vaccination clinics


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Sources

Harvard Medical School:
What you need to know before getting vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

The University of Alabama at Birmingham:
COVID-19 mRNA vaccines: How could anything developed this quickly be safe?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines