When I was first given the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination I signed up for the first shot without hesitation. I’ve now received both of my vaccines and had no issue in the aftermath of either one, except for a sore arm near the injection site. However, some vaccine recipients have experienced symptoms of fatigue, chills, and body aches after the second dose, and this is to be expected. The symptoms don’t happen immediately and usually go away in about 24 to 36 hours.
Protecting our front-line workers, including dentists, dental hygienists, and other members of a dental team is an integral part of getting this virus under control.
The relatively quick development of this vaccine does not mean safety measures were skipped.
However, some percentage of our population is skeptical about the speed at which the vaccine was developed and its “emergency use” authorization that was fast-tracked through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I want to assure you that both of the two approved vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna – have had no major safety concerns and are fully monitored by independent safety boards. Furthermore, data is continually being reviewed by the FDA and other expert panels.
As we stand to lose almost half a million Americans by the end of this month, the benefits of getting the vaccination far outweigh the risks.
When you are available to receive the vaccine I strongly urge you to do so. It helps keep you safe and healthy, and it will help protect your family, friends, co-workers, and members of your community…including your dentist and his team.
If you have any questions please contact us at (440) 354-0705 or schedule an appointment online.
Patrick J. Soria, DDS
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