The COVID-19 vaccine is the current buzz in all of society due to its importance of saving millions of lives around the globe. However, many individuals debate whether or not they should get the vaccine, as they fear the ingredients, time of release, and possible side effects.
Many people fear that with vaccines having a portion of the disease that they are aiming to target in them, that each person will then contract the virus and possibly die. It is important to get approval from a health care practitioner first, and then make the decision if the vaccine is harmful or not to your individual health circumstances.
This article touches on what exactly makes up the vaccine to ensure there should be no fear in taking the vaccine, so as to assist in mass vaccination campaigns that are taking place around many nations as we write this post. The goal is, that if everyone becomes vaccination, the virus would be quickly eradicated from society or be at a baseline level.
The ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine include mRNA, lipids, salts, sugar, acids, and acid stabilizers. The Pfizer vaccine is made of mRNA, (or messenger ribonucleic acid) in order to help our immunities, become activated to fight off a virus. The lipids in this vaccine include cholesterol, staroyl, and 3 others listed here.
All of these ingredients protect the mRNA to get into cells to continue protecting against viruses. Salts in the vaccine include potassium chloride, mono basic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, and dibasic sodium phosphate dehydrate. The purpose of these salts is to balance the acidity in the body. Sugar, or sucrose, is in the vaccine to help molecules retain shape during freezing of the vaccine.
These ingredients differ from that of the Modern Vaccine, which has mRNA similar to Pfizer, but everything else seems to differ. It has the lipids, SM-102, DMG-PEG 2000, cholesterol, and DSPC to similarly help deliver the mRNA to the cells for extensive protection and guard against the virus. It includes, acetic acid, tomethamine, and tromethamine hydrochloride, sodium acetate and sucrose to stabilize the vaccine post-production.
So, what do all of these ingredients mean in simpler terms? It means that most of these ingredients found in other vaccines and medications or common chemical compounds all together and the small portion within it that will not impact anyone nearly as dangerous as many believe that it may do.
In all, it is a wise decision to be vaccinated in order to combat the virus, rather than to trust natural immune systems to defend the body. The vaccine, although it may have side effects, is nothing nearly as strong or harmful as the virus itself.
-By: Dominique Preate -Intern at Science Weekly Fix