COVID-19 vaccines – What We Know About Side Effects and Safety.

COVID-19 vaccines – What We Know About Side Effects and Safety.

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations is picking up speed. Many more people are eligible to be vaccinated now compared to a week or two ago. (You may not be able to get an appointment yet, but hopefully that will get easier soon.) In our recent article about COVID-19 vaccines, we described what mRNA vaccines are, how they work, and how effective they are. But concerns about safety may still have you

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COVID-19 Vaccines — Starting 2021 on a Hopeful Note

COVID-19 Vaccines — Starting 2021 on a Hopeful Note

Who would have thought that a needle in the arm could bring such a huge smile to so many faces? As a pharmacist immunizer, I was blessed to be one of the first healthcare workers at St Joseph Mercy hospital in Chelsea to be vaccinated in late December. My second dose is on the calendar for later this month. I’m happy to be able to immunize other folks, too, and

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Are You Eager or Hesitant?

COVID-19 Vaccination: Are You Eager or Hesitant?

A vaccination against COVID-19 has been long-awaited and eagerly anticipated by many, especially medical professionals on the front lines. Now that it’s here, though, it’s pretty clear that not everyone is eager to get it. One vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech’s product) obtained emergency use authorization (EUA)  last week. Another (Moderna’s product) may obtain EUA yet this week. Shipments of vaccine started arriving in hospitals over the weekend, and frontline healthcare workers are

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Staying Healthy During the Next COVID-19 Surge

Staying Healthy During the Next COVID-19 Surge

We are already doing so much to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. We wear masks, we stay home, maintain distance when we’re near others, wash our hands endlessly. Those are all effective ways to minimize the risk of catching and spreading the coronavirus. But the risk is still present. Let’s talk about other things each of us can do to stay as healthy as possible even as the COVID-19

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