Since the start of the pandemic, the question on everyone’s mind was, “When will this be over?” Although the exact answer to that question remains up in the air, the end is at least in sight. With the release of the new COVID-19 vaccines, there is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Currently, there are two authorized vaccines out for distribution:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine consists of two injections, given 21 days apart. The shot is typically administered in the upper arm and contains no preservatives, eggs, or latex.
- Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine: The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine consists of two injections, given 28 days apart. Like the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, it’s administered in the upper arm. It also contains no preservatives, eggs, or latex.
4. Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
Because these vaccines play such a large role in stopping the pandemic, it’s important to do what we can to make sure they’re as effective against COVID as they can be. We can do that by making small choices around the time we take the vaccine.
For example, some experts recommend getting a good night’s sleep. A 2012 study found that getting enough sleep the night after a vaccination ensures a more robust immune response. People who sleep less than six hours on the night after obtaining a vaccine are less likely to produce as many antibodies as those who received a full night’s sleep. So, make sure you get enough rest the night after you get a vaccine. Another way to ensure you build up an adequate immune response from a vaccine is by avoiding two widespread medications before your vaccine shot.
Ibuprofen, also known as Motrin or Advil, is a common over-the-counter medication typically taken for minor aches and pains. It’s also effective at reducing fevers, which is why most people take ibuprofen when they’re at the height of a bout of the flu.