Did you know that the last week in April is World Immunization Week? Southwell fully supports vaccinations and the promotion of World Immunization Week.
This week of celebration is important because it promotes the use of vaccines for people of all ages. Immunizations protect people against diseases and save millions of lives every year. While many people receive vaccines regularly, there are still 20 million children who do not receive vaccines. The WHO (World Health Organization) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) both recommend those who are eligible for vaccines receive them.
While vaccinations are commonly known as the world’s most successful health intervention, there are still those who feel hesitant towards vaccines. Hesitation surrounding vaccines has become more common since the COVID-19 vaccines were approved for the public.
Are you worried about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?
Those worried about the COVID-19 vaccine fear not; over 167 million doses have been administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through April 5, 2021. These vaccines went through rigorous testing and met all FDA requirements. According to the CDC, long-term side effects are predicted to be extremely unlikely.
For more information about the Pfizer/Biotech and Moderna vaccines, check out this educational video presented by our local Southwell physicians. (Link video in sentence to this: https://vimeo.com/528440139 )
Why should I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine appears to lessen the risk of developing COVID-19. The vaccines also appear to reduce the severity of the disease.
The overall effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine ranges from 70% to 95%, depending on which vaccine you receive. The Pfizer/Biotech vaccine trial proved to be 95% effective. The Moderna vaccine trial reported an effectiveness rate of 94%. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial reported overall effectiveness of 66%.
COVID vaccinations have been a beacon of hope for healthcare workers and the public alike. The CDC and WHO recommend that anyone eligible to receive their vaccine does so.
Make your appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccination today!
As of March 25, all adults and children over the age of 16 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Georgia! Make your appointment today to get your vaccine! Call (229) 353-2200 or click here to register online:
Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 16 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is available at our Tifton location. Moderna is offered at our Adel location to adults 18 and over.