What is the most acceptable and suitable vaccine for people in the 18-30 age group?
There are 7 vaccines that are currently approved for use by the WHO. Each vaccine has its own effects and side effects.
We have a number of vaccines that have been demonstrated to be safe, efficacious and to be manufactured with high quality. And so, any of these vaccines are ones that are going to actually protect you. If you live in a country where there’s more than one vaccine in the program, you should consider yourself lucky that you have access to the vaccine. And when it’s your turn to actually get the vaccine, that’s the time when you should get it and accept what vaccine is offered to you. We will get vaccinated and we should accept the vaccine that’s offered regardless of what vaccine that is.
Kate O’Brien, Director of the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals at the World Health Organization.
Was the development of the COVID-19 vaccines rushed or pushed through?
The vaccines were available so quickly because of advances in science and technology, dedicated funding for research and development, and an incredible level of international collaboration, all the while making sure that no steps were skipped in either the development or the review.
“The safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines currently in use have been rigorously tested, and the trials did not skip any steps”, Dr Namandje Bumpus from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine told Reuters in an email.
Who should not get vaccinated?
People with a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to any component of the COVID-19 vaccine or injectable (intramuscular or intravenous) medication should NOT receive the vaccine.
Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine even if I’ve already had COVID-19?
Yes. The extent to which antibodies that develop in response to COVID-19 infection are protective is still under study. If these antibodies are protective, it’s not known what antibody levels are needed to protect against reinfection. Therefore, even those who previously had COVID-19 can and should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
How long will the effectiveness of the vaccines last?
New research finds that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines provide immunity for at least 6 months. But since COVID-19 is so new, experts aren’t sure if immunity will wane after that. Experts say more research will have to be done to understand if people will need regular booster shots for COVID-19