mRNA vaccines (a.k.a messenger RNA vaccines) are some of the first authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. These are a new type of vaccine developed to protect against infectious diseases. Traditionally, to trigger an immune response, most vaccines put a weakened or inactive germ into our bodies. With mRNA vaccines, however, this is no longer the case.
How the COVID-19 Vaccines Work
mRNA vaccines are different from traditional vaccines because, instead of injecting an inactive germ from a specific disease into our bodies, it teaches our cells how to make a protein— or even just a piece of a protein— that triggers an immune response inside our bodies.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” This spike protein can be found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. What the cell does next is display the protein on its surface.
The immune system then recognizes that protein doesn’t belong there and begins building an immune response and making antibodies, just like what happens during a natural infection.
While We Wait
While you wait for your pharmacy in Cleveland, Ohio to get their share of COVID-19 vaccines, it’s important to practice safety measures to help avoid infection.
We at LowCost Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Ohio, provide safe and reliable PPE for clients to stay safe wherever they go.