All Three COVID-19 Vaccines Recommended Despite Side-Effects


Aubree Byrom

Shown here is Nurse Cathy Byrom’s Vaccination Record Card. She received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. It is recommended that people get two doses of both the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, respectively. The CDC states, “Limited data are currently available regarding the efficacy of a single dose.” However, the new Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

On Wednesday, March 10, President Biden announced that his administration is ordering an additional 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the Washington Post. This will bring the total amount to 200 million. Added with the 600 million doses ordered from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, a total of 500 million people will be able to get fully vaccinated.

These vaccines have some recommendations. It is recommended that you do not take these vaccines if you have had any allergic reactions to any of its ingredients, if you have had any allergic reactions to the first dose of these vaccines, or if you have had allergic reactions to polyethylene glycol or polysorbate. 

The Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine is a JNJ-78436735 vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine does not contain eggs, preservatives, or latex. This vaccine is recommended to people the age of 18 and up. This vaccine only requires one dose, unlike the other two vaccines. It has been 66.3% effective in the clinical trials at preventing COVID-19 illness, since it has been released. However, the CDC stated, “The vaccine had high efficacy at preventing hospitalization and death in people who did get sick. No one who got COVID-19 at least 4 weeks after receiving the J&J/Janssen vaccine had to be hospitalized.”

The Moderna Vaccine is a mRNA-1273 mRNA vaccine. It is given in the muscle located in the upper arm. Along with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, it does not contain eggs, preservatives, or latex. It is recommended to people the age of 18 and up. This vaccine also recommends that you wait 1 month (28 days) before the second dose and no earlier. As of right now, this vaccine was 94.1% effective in preventing lab confirmed Covid-19 with people who got two doses of it. It is recommended to get two doses of this vaccine. 

In January, this vaccine was paused due to the allergic reactions it left with six people in a clinic in San Diego, who immediately required medical attention. This vaccine was under study for a while for this incident, but now has been proven safe to take.  However, it is also starting to put a small amount of people into anaphylactic shock. In January, the rate of anaphylaxis caused by Moderna vaccines was around 2.1 per million doses, according to Stat News.

The Pfizer-BioNTech is a BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine. It is also given in the muscles located in the upper arm and does not contain eggs, preservatives, or latex. This vaccine is recommended to people the age of 16 and up. It also recommended to wait up to 3 weeks (21 days) before the second dose and no earlier. As of right now, this vaccine was 95% effective in preventing lab confirmed Covid-19 within people. There was also no evidence of previous infection within these people either. It is recommended to get two doses of this vaccine as well.  This vaccine also has a history of causing anaphylactic reactions; it had a rate of affecting 6.2 cases per million doses in January.

To monitor potential concerns like anaphylactic reactions, the CDC recommends a 30 minute observation period for people who have a history of any type of allergic reaction to any other vaccine or injectable therapy, people who had a contraindication to a different type of COVID-19 vaccine, and people who have a history of anaphylaxis. Everyone else may be observed for 15 minutes. If medical professionals have any other concerns, people may be held under observation for longer.

Nurse Cathy Byrom, who got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, stated, “To be safe, my hospital kept me 40 min after I had received my vaccine to prevent any allergic reactions happening at home.” Cathy Byrom told Listen Up that she is prone to being allergic to different types of medication. “Luckily no allergic reactions happened for me,” she stated.

However, Byrom also said, “Side effects hit me right after I had got it. They consisted of body aches, weakness, nausea, fevers, and chills. It lasted a few days the first dose and lasted a day and a half the second dose. I would recommend getting the vaccine if you are high risk.”

Most common side effects of these vaccines include pain, swelling, and redness in the arm you got the vaccine in. There are also side effects that may happen throughout your body such as fever, chills, tiredness, and headaches. 

Other side effects could include flu-like symptoms. These symptoms could affect activities that you do daily for a couple of days.

Freshmen Valery Garcia told Listen Up that her mom also got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. She stated, “She began experiencing side effects 2 days after she received the vaccine. They consisted of chills, body aches, nausea, headaches, and low fevers. Right after taking the vaccine, she felt good and she reacted well but the side effects didn’t show up until a couple days after.” Garcia also said that her mom would recommend getting the vaccine, especially if you are at high risk to Covid in the environment you are in. 

Sophomore Seth Sarrat stated that his mom had got both vaccines. He said, “My mom had some symptoms after the vaccine such as a high fever, feeling nauseous, and headaches.” 

Side effects of the vaccine should only last a few days. There are some ways to stay as healthy as possible after the vaccine. These consist of keeping the area where you got the vaccine cleaned, exercising the arm you got vaccinated in, dressing lightly, and drinking lots of fluids. 

You should call a doctor if redness and irritation still continues 24 hours of getting vaccinated or if side effects continue longer than a few days and begin to worry you. Also, bad side effects to one of the vaccines does not make the other vaccines ineligible for you to take. There are different options. 

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