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MetiNews.Com - We rounded up some of the most common fears to help you understand more about the different coronavirus vaccines
Breaking News ! As Boris Johnson put the nation back into lockdown on Monday January 4, he told the nation to wait. As two vaccines hit the headlines in late 2020, he instructed the UK to hunker down until the vaccines can be given to care workers and the most vulnerable first and then wait until the vaccine starts protecting them. Currently only available to key workers and those who are classed as vulnerable or over 70, over 944,000 have now received the Pfizer or Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The government plan to roll it out to more of the population until eventually most people over 16 will be protected. But how many Cambridgeshire residents would take the vaccine if it was offered to them? If a large number of people were to refuse the vaccine, it would have huge consequences for the effectiveness in ridding the nation of the virus and its rising death toll. CambridgeshireLive pulled together Cambridge residents biggest anxieties surrounding the vaccine below. Read More Related Articles Matt Hancock announcement today: Exact time Health Secretary will address nation as UK faces tougher rules Read More Related Articles Harsher lockdown rules: 5 ways lockdown rules could change as restrictions set to become tougher ‘I’m worried about the Covid vaccine side effects’ Like all vaccines, there is a potential for side effects. The most common are the same as any other jab- having a sore arm, muscle ache, possibly a headache and fatigue over the first few days. Some will feel a little feverish but a high temperature is uncommon, so for that, you should call NHS 111. Any extreme reactions that could occur will likely do so within the first 15 minutes of having received it, which is why the NHS will monitor you until you're safe to leave. The NHS website states serious allergic reactions to either vaccine are very rare. Currently, as a precaution, Pfizer has advised people with a history of significant allergic reactions to not have the vaccine, as well as pregnant women. ‘They are giving it to the old people first to get rid of them’ Margaret Keenan at the ripe age of 91 was the first patient to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on December 8. She has survived both doses of the vaccine needed in order for it to become effective. There has been no causal link between vaccine and deaths following it. More than that, key workers are receiving the vaccine simultaneously along with England's oldest and most vulnerable, suggesting that if it’s safe for doctors to have it will be safe for Margaret and her peers. A citizen receiving his Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at a drive-through vaccination centre in Hyde this January 2021 (Image: Getty Images) ‘The vaccine has had very little testing’ Both approved vaccines have fulfilled every step that every other vaccine approved in the world goes through. Once they have a vaccine which may work they first test it on individual cells in a petri dish.
. Once all these tests show it is safe, they move onto human trials, first giving it to a very small number of healthy human volunteers, then if it is safe and effective they will give it to hundreds and then thousands. When this is completed and the vaccine has proved itself to be both safe to give to humans and effective at inoculating against the virus, it will be reviewed, approved and manufactured on a larger scale. All of these steps were followed and the vaccine was approved by the same board, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which approved every vaccine used in the UK. The Pfizer vaccine was tested on 40,000 people before approval.
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‘We can’t know the long-term side effects of the vaccine’ This is true, however, every company is still following their patients from the original testing trials, those who have had the vaccine for the longest time, to track any later side effects. The UK government also has a reporting website, Coronavirus Yellow Card, for anyone experiencing any reactions. ‘The Pfizer vaccine can edit my genes’
A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine
This isn’t true. Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’s vaccines use bits of genetic code built into the vaccine to trigger an immune response in the body. It doesn’t change any human cells in the body. Instead, it presents the body with instructions from the code in the vaccine to trigger an immune response that will protect against Covid. The Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine uses a small amount of a less harmful virus, altered to look more like Covid-19, to train the body to fight the virus. ‘The government can’t make you take the vaccine’ This is correct, the vaccine isn't compulsory and the government does not plan to make the vaccine so, as with any vaccine offered in the UK. ‘It is a rushed vaccine’ The vaccine was created at record-breaking speed. However, instead of skipping any of the steps described above, some of the steps overlapped such as during phase two, which gives the vaccine to hundreds of people, partway through phase three started, giving it to thousands of people. Usually, vaccine testing is slowed down whilst scientific groups wait for resources and funding to become available, applying for permission and waiting in between. None of these things were an issue for the Covid-19 vaccine.