It has been a long and difficult year for everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic had ended everyone's life, and families were suffering. Children were forced to leave without seeing their friends, teachers, and families. They lost visits to their grandparents because the elderly were considered to be at high risk for the virus and complications. Although everyone wants their family to be safe, it is still difficult.
Hope seemed to be on the horizon with the introduction of not one but two effective vaccines. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are beginning to spread in countries around the world, and families are beginning to hope that they will soon be able to visit and embrace their loved ones.
Although vaccines are being given to older people around the world, families may need to be more realistic about their goals, as it is not yet safe to visit grandparents at this time.
According to the New York Times, the Modern and Pfizer vaccines have proven to be very effective in protecting against COVID-19. The vaccines have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are beginning to be used, and high-risk populations also have access to them.
The vaccine must be given in two doses to be most effective, but even with a single injection there is some protection. The best news was that the side effects are unpleasant but not considered dangerous. Common side effects of the vaccine are fever, headache, and fatigue.
Why it's not perfect
However, medical experts tell everyone that this vaccine is not a magic elixir that will suddenly make the world go back to normal. According to Romper, Dr. Mike Patrick is an emergency room physician at the National Children's Hospital, and he told the public that they need to "curb their enthusiasm.
While we are producing vaccines, it takes time to implement them. It's understandable when we think about how many people should receive the vaccine. He also stated that the vaccine does not provide 100% protection, and that they do not yet know that asymptomatic transmission is possible even with the vaccine. Vaccines greatly reduce the likelihood of serious disease from the vaccine, but they are not yet sure that the vaccine will stop the spread of the virus. This means that there is concern that a person with the vaccine may still have the virus, without showing symptoms, but still be able to infect others.
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What does this mean?
Unfortunately, this means that even with a vaccine in place, the population is expected to follow public health guidelines. This means wearing a mask, distancing yourself socially from others, and not wanting to see your loved ones. While this is not exactly news that anyone wants to hear at this time, it is vital that guidelines are followed so that family members remain healthy and protected. It seems that families need to continue to be creative when it comes to spending time with their loved ones, hopefully the grandmother will already be a professional at Zoom meetings.