It is important to be aware of the research and studies that went into constructing the COVID-19 vaccines. If you have reservations about the COVID shot, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has provided extensive information to keep you informed. The vaccinations were built upon decades of work and research to develop vaccines for similar viruses. The two vaccinations available have proven to prevent COVID-19 illness, with no safety concerns in the clinical trials, and have shown to be 95 percent effective.
“More than 70,000 people volunteered in clinical trials for two vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) to see if they are safe and work to prevent COVID-19 illness. Volunteers included Black/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinx, Asians and others. To date, the vaccines are 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 with no serious safety concerns noted in the clinical trials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure the vaccines are safe and can prevent people from getting COVID-19. Like all drugs, vaccine safety continues to be monitored after they are in use. “
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations give your body instructions to make a protein. This protein safely teaches your body into thinking the virus is attacking. Your body then strengthens itself to fight off the real COVID-19 if it ever tries to attack you. Your body gets rid of the small protein naturally and quickly.
Most importantly, the shot is free, whether you have insurance or not.
For more info, visit this information sheet provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19-Vaccine-Update (nc.gov)