COVID vaccine safety is an important discussion as California recently received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines, which seemed like a breath of fresh air to everyone. Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 1.6 million Californians have tested positive for the virus, which has killed 21,000 people in just short of 10 months.Governor Newsom especially relieved, commented on the development and said, “We are in the midst of the worst moment of this pandemic, so today is hopeful. There is light at the end of the tunnel but … we’re still in the tunnel.”
The Governor continued, “This is a moment for hope, and it is also a time to remain vigilant as we face the most intense surge yet. While we have prepared for this surge with beds and equipment, staffing shortages are real and impact our medical system. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, and I am calling on all Californians to do our part to get us through this – wear a mask, reduce mixing, stay home, stop the spread and save lives. Together we will get through this.”
Healthcare professionals are the first set of people to get vaccinated because of how exposed they are to the virus.The state has roughly 2.4 million health care workers and according to a statement by Long Beach Health Officer, Dr Anissa Davis, she said
“When these groups get vaccinated, it not only protects them, keeping them available to support the medical needs of our city,” said Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “It also protects everyone who needs to receive care from them.”
Is the COVID Vaccine Safe?
There have been lots of confusion and worry surrounding the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnant people also question if they should get vaccinated or not. But according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, they recommend that the people who are pregnant or lactating mothers should be offered the vaccine.
The CDC recommends that people with severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis to other vaccines or injectable medications should consult their doctors so they can assess the risks.
Since people have been getting tested the FDA have recorded zero safety risks. According to apnews, “Getting either the Pfizer-BioNTech shot or the Moderna version can cause some temporary discomfort, just like many vaccines do.”
“In addition to a sore arm, people can experience a fever and some flu-like symptoms — fatigue, aches, chills, headache. They last about a day, sometimes bad enough that recipients miss work, and are more common after the second dose and in younger people.”
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