“Amid COVID-19 overload, Alaska’s largest hospital is now prioritizing care under crisis standards… Providence Alaska Medical Center’s chief of staff announced the decision in a two-page letter Tuesday that urges Alaskans to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status, get tested, get vaccinated if eligible and avoid potentially dangerous activities or situations that could result in hospitalization.”– ADN.com as of 9/15/2021
According to the CDC, all currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines:
are widely available, and
reduce your risk of severe illness
How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination helps protect people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and might also help protect people around them.
COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness.
Once vaccinated, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes as well as B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus in the future. It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to produce T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes. Therefore, it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection. Sometimes after vaccination, the process of building immunity can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building immunity. [Source]
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are effective at preventing COVID-19 as seen in clinical trial settings.
- Research provides growing evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines offer similar protection in real world conditions.
- To receive the most protection, people should receive all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. [Source]
“In the U.S., 381 million doses have been given so far. In the last week, an average of 775,167 doses per day were administered.”– Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker as of 9/14/2021