Understanding the difference in COVID-19 vaccines
With three options for the COVID-19 vaccination, many want to know exactly what the difference is in each of them.
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations are both two dose vaccines requiring a priming dose followed by a booster dose. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is only one dose.
The Pfizer vaccine has shown to be 95 percent effective. The Moderna vaccine has shown to be 94.1% effective and the Johnson and Johnson has shown to be 72 percent effective.
Clinic Administrator Kristian Spear goes into more detail about each vaccination. “The Moderna and Pfizer vaccine are both MRNA messenger vaccines. What that means is it uses genetic material to teach the body how to make copies of spiked proteins and the reasons that’s good is because if you are exposed to the virus itself, the COVID-19 virus, your body has seen that before and now knows how to fight it off effectively. The other technology, the one that we are just seeing, is the J and J vaccine. It is a viral vector vaccine and this actually uses a virus, a harmless virus, that enters into your body and it teaches same thing. It teaches your body how to make copies of the spike protein. It is not a live virus it cannot hurt you.”
All three vaccines are currently being administered. Physicians say that some COVID like symptoms may occur after getting vaccinated.