Covid-19 vaccines

Is there a COVID-19 Vaccine

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use are:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine.

How do vaccines work?

Germs are all around us, both in the environment and in our bodies, When a person is susceptible and they encounter a harmful organism, it can lead to disease and death. Newer vaccines contain the blueprint for producing antigens rather than the antigen itself.

What is an Antigen?

Vaccines contain weakened or inactive parts of the particular organism (antigen) that triggers an immune response within the body. Regardless of whether the vaccine is made up of the antigen itself or the blueprint so that the body will produce the antigen, this weakened version will not cause the disease in the person receiving it, but will prompt their immune system to respond much as it would have on it’s first reaction to the actual pathogen.

When can I get COVID-19 vaccinated?

Phase 1

You will get Covid-19 vaccines if you are:

  1. A healthcare worker likely to be exposed to COVID-19, especially if you treat people with COVID-19
  2. At increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, especially if you have underlying medical conditions, or are 65 years of age or older
  3. A vulnerable, frontline worker

As the supply of Covid-19 vaccine increases, Texas will expand vaccination beyond Phase 1 to emphasize fair and impartial access for all populations.

Because individual states are managing vaccine rollout, phase definitions will vary. You can see that some of Texas’s Phase 1 definition overlaps with Phase 2 descriptions. For example, in one state, these people will get

Phase 2

  • Individuals with 2+ co-morbid conditions who are at high risk for COVID-19 complications
  • Early education, K-12, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works and public health workers
  • Adults 65+
  • Individuals with one co-morbid condition

Phase 3

Is everybody else! By Phase 3, the general population will be able to be vaccinated, hopefully by April to June, 2021 but this depends on production.

In the meantime, learn what you can, keep safely wearing your mask and distancing, and avoid crowd situations, especially indoors! Vedas Medical Spa and Woodlands Functional Family Medicine are available for drive-up Covid-19 testing in our parking lot. You don’t need an appointment, but come between 9:00 and 5:00 weekdays and call us at 281-298-5476 when you pull up outside. For other services, call for your free consultation with Dr. Nangrani and our Spa Director.

Vedas Medical Spa & Wellness Center is at 8000 McBeth Way, Suite 190, ten minutes from I-45 (Houston’s North Freeway) and a step off The Woodlands Parkway. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sources:

WHO DSHS

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