Here's What You Need to Know Before You Get the COVID vaccine

Michelle Jaqua

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If you are unsure about getting the COVID vaccine or have some questions about the vaccine, here are some risks and benefits you need to know:

  • It is your choice to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Moderna vaccine is administered as a 2-dose series, 1 month apart, into the muscle.
  • The Moderna and Pfizer vaccine may not protect everyone.
  • The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are an unapproved vaccine that my prevent COVID.
  • There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
  • The FDA has authorized Emergency Use Authorization for people over the age of 18. The EUA declares that circumstances exist to justify the emergency use of drugs and biological products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are the ingredients in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine:

  • messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose.

Vaccines are given in the muscle, preferably in the upper arm.

You need a set of two vaccines, about one month apart.

You'll be given an immunization card once you get the vaccine.

You should be monitored for at least 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine, for any signs of severe allergic reaction, including: Difficulty breathing, Swelling of your face and throat, fast heartbeat, rash, dizziness and weakness.

You can report side effects to 1-866-MODERNA (1-866-663-3762).

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or give medical advice. For any medical care questions or concerns, you should always consult your physician.

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Michelle Jaqua is a freelance writer who lives in the beautiful state of Oregon. She writes about a variety of news and happenings in the Pacific Northwest, along with some PNW history and fun facts. Subscribe to her page and get her posts in your email.

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