We’ve all been concerned about the possible side effects of the Covid-19 vaccines — what they are, how long after they occur, how long they last, and just how severe they can be. Some of us have been more anxious about these vaccines since they’ve been researched, approved, manufactured, and studied, a little too quickly.
Well, we at Space Mask have been doing some research of our own and decided to share what we’ve learned.
Medical experts have assured us that the side effects are mostly between mild and moderate, can last only a couple of days, and are a great sign that your vaccine is working.
Only last week, our nation’s leading infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci — who himself has received both shots of the Modern vaccine — spoke to MSNBC and named the two side effects that he believes are a reassurance that the vaccine is working. He said,
"The vaccine, because you're giving it in the arm, it gives a systemic reaction. You know that because sometimes after the second dose you feel a little achy, a little chilly, which means the immune system is really getting revved up."
The CDC has explained the science behind these bodily reactions. According to the agency, both the Modern and Pfizer vaccines approved by the US, do not inoculate recipients with inactivated virus. On the contrary, they encourage our cells to mimic specific Covid virus features, so that our immune system can prepare and train to fight against the virus later.
These Covid vaccines reorient our cells to produce their own form of a special “spike protein” that occurs naturally on the outer surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
With time, as more and more cells develop these proteins, our immune systems"recognize that the protein doesn't belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19."
Now if you feel achy and chilly a few hours after vaccination like Fauci did, you know it’s because your immune system is buckling up to fight back a threat.