Here’s what we know
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the emergency use of a second COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna on Dec18 – to expand the effort to vaccinate the American people across the country. While our frontline healthcare workers and a few of the nursing home staff and residents have been vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine which was approved on Dec 11th, how can we compare the two?
Most importantly, both Pfizer & Moderna COVID19 vaccines are safe and effective, similar in the way they work using the mRNA technology. They basically teach our cells how to make a protein that prompts an immune response without using any live COVID-19 causing virus. Once this response is triggered, our body can make antibodies to help fight the infection when a real virus enters our body.
But there are a few key differences. These snapshots of the comparative charts between the Moderna & Pfizer COVID19 vaccines , as shared on Instagram by Dr. Risa Hoshino, a New York-based pediatrician should help keep you informed and prepared.
Although a Moderna & Pfizer COVID19 vaccine might be just around the corner, we are not sure how long it will take until you actually get the shot? If you are healthy and not a health care worker, you may have to wait for months for your turn. Meanwhile, make sure you wear a mask, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer.
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