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COVID-19 Vaccination Information


Pfizer Vaccine

 

Name: BNT162b2; Manufacturer: Pfizer, Inc., and BioNTech


Effectiveness and Safety

 

This is an mRNA vaccine, which belongs to a family of mRNA vaccines. They have nucleic acids that provide the cells of a vaccinated person with instructions on how to make a protein piece, which is similar to a coronavirus protein. The mRNA strands are inside a lipid coating that boosts the immune response. The immune system detects the protein piece, which consequently triggers a highly effective immune reaction against the virus.   

 

The vaccine is safe and effective at preventing the COVID-19 illness

The vaccine is synthesized in a laboratory and does not contain the virus that causes COVID-19 or any parts thereof. The cell breaks down the mRNA strands and disposes of them shortly after injection. The vaccine cannot cause COVID-19 illness or affect the human genetic material (DNA). 


How can you get the vaccine?

 

The Ministry of Health publishes announcements what ages can get vaccinated.

Contact your HMO for an appointment.


Who will get the vaccine first and who will not get the vaccine at this stage?

 

Who will get the vaccine first?

 

Who will not get the vaccine at this stage?

  • People who are younger than 12 years of age.
  • People with a history of severe allergic reactions. They must ask the administering nurse whether they can receive the vaccine.

Vaccine administration and what to do after vaccination

 

The vaccine is given in three doses: The time between the first two doses is at least 21 days. Even if more than 21 days pass, the second vaccine can still be administered. The body develops optimal immunity after receiving the second dose. A third one is administered 5 months after the second dose.

The vaccine is administered by injection in the deltoid muscle.

Common side effects

There are mild side effects which resolve within a few days. The most common side effects after vaccination include redness and pain at the injection site, fever, chills, fatigue, headaches, malaise, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy).

These side effects usually resolve within a day or two after injection and are more common after the second dose is administered.    

Allergic side effects, including an immediate allergic reaction (anaphylactic reaction), are rare. Patients with a history of anaphylactic reactions must consult staff before getting vaccinated.

After receiving the vaccine, please wait for 15 minutes before leaving the vaccination hub.  

Reporting form: adverse events (potential side effects) that appeared during or after vaccination.

On 21.1.2021, the Israel Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology published a position paper, according to which, there were only few cases of severe allergical reactions and not a single death has been reported.

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