LUCAS LAU, Staff Writer
People all over the world have been waiting all year, and the time has finally come. The Covid-19 vaccines are finally finished. Right now they are distributing them to the first-line workers before anyone else. So far, there are three vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and they are working on Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two shots but the patient will take one and wait 21 days and take the next shot. The vaccine is going to be shot in the muscle of the upper arm. According to the CDC, the most common side-effects are pain, swelling, redness, chills, tiredness, and headaches. The side-effects most commonly happen within a day or two within getting the vaccine, but they should go away a few days after that. In the clinical trials, most of the side effects were moderate, however there was a small percentage of people who had severe reactions. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been proved to be 95% effective.
Next up is the Moderna Vaccine, which needs 2 shots between 28 days. Just like the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, it will be administered in the upper arm. According to the CDC, it is recommended that people 18 or older should take it. The side effects for this vaccine are the exact same as the previous vaccine. The Moderna vaccine was proven to be 94.1% effective, which means the more reliable one so far is the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
According to sciencenews.org, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has to be kept in extreme cold (-70 degrees) and the Moderna vaccine must be kept in -20 degrees C which isn’t as cold as the Pfizer vaccine.
According to cnbc.com, as of right now, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has a deal with the government to supply 100 million doses of their vaccine by the end of June.
Many pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens are distributing covid vaccines, and now that they’ve taken care of most front-line workers, the next distribution is the elderly. (Source: goodrx.com)
So far in the North Brunswick School District, only 7 students and 8 staff have currently tested positive for the coronavirus. In NBTHS only 4 students and 0 staff have been tested positive for coronavirus.