There are major positive announcements in the battle against COVID-19. Most educators in the country could expect to be vaccinated before the month ends, and are enough doses to vaccinate every adult in the United States by the end of May. What is making this possible? Well, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which only takes one shot instead of two, is a major factor. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist is talking about this new development!
The Johnson and Johnson Vaccine
There are a few differences between the Johnson and Johnson option, and the Moderna and Pfizer. First, this new one only requires a single shot, instead of two shots three weeks apart. The new one doesn’t need to be kept in specific cold temperatures, and instead can survive in normal refrigeration temperatures for up to three months, making the distribution much easier. While some studies show that the shot offers a 72% chance of preventing COVID-19, compared to 95% for Pfizer and Moderna, the shot still significantly prevents the risk of major complications or death from COVID-19, making it a major way to protect your health! Last week alone, over 4 million doses were created and distributed, and on Friday over 2.9 million vaccinations were completed!
Right now, you likely have three choices for gaining protection against COVID-19, and we highly recommend you take advantage of them and receive one as soon a you are able. Remember, not only do you protect yourself, but you also safeguard the more vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly or those who are immunocompromised. You have a chance to fight COVID-19, and help us return to normal by the end of summer! We’re looking at a time when we don’t need masks, social distancing orders, limited capacity seating, or any of the other disruptions that have been necessary to keep people safe.
Keeping Yourself Safe
Until you and your community are properly vaccinated, please continue to practice basic safety precautions. When indoors with other people, like at a store or school, be sure you wear a mask. Due the new variations making the rounds, you could consider wearing two masks at once. In addition, try to maintain a good social distance from others of at least six feet, keep a distance from people who are immunocompromised or elderly, and wash your hands frequently. If you have any questions, please give us a call!
Do You Have Any Questions?
We want to make sure everyone in our community is safe and enjoys optimal oral health, which is why your Kahoka, MO dentist at Barbour Dental offers a full range of dental treatments. Contact our office at 660-727-4746 to schedule your next checkup and cleaning visit.