While you wait for your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s a good idea to become educated about best ways to stay healthy, testing and the different types of vaccines. With New York and other states facing major vaccine shortages, getting tested is still a highly effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Here are the most commonly asked questions explained:
- Pfizer vs. Moderna Vaccine, What is the Difference? The Pflizer vaccine is 95% effective and approved for use in people over the age of 16 while the Moderna vaccine is 94.5 % effective and approved for use in people over the age of 18. Both are mRNA vaccines, technology that was discovered over 30 years ago, and has been proven to be safe and effective.
- What Are the Side Effects of the Vaccines? After getting vaccinated, you may experience some side effects, but this is a normal indication that your body is building protection against the COVID-19 virus. The most common side effects are pain and swelling on the arm where the shot was administered. Other side effects include fever, chills, tiredness, and headache.
- What are the Ingredients of the Vaccines? These mRNA vaccines contain lipids, potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose. There is no aluminum, mercury, latex, preservatives or food allergens, including eggs, in the vaccines.
ACCESS Nursing Services founder, Louise Weadock explains that while waiting for an appointment to get vaccinated, “everyone needs to continue to practice social distancing measures, wear masks, and get tested, especially after travel and before seeing friends and relatives outside your immediate household.”
ACCESS Nursing Services offers two types of tests: Rapid tests, which show results in 15 minutes, and PCR tests, which show results within 36 hours. Documented test results are provided and self-administered testing options are available. If you are uncomfortable administering the test yourself, a licensed staff member will be sent to you to perform the tests. To schedule your test, contact 201-706-7030; firstname.lastname@example.org.