When most of us think about vaccinations, the first thing that used to come to mind was the yearly flu jab.
But since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines have taken on a whole new meaning. Pop a search into Google and you’ll be inundated with piles of information, especially about the latest version of the COVID-19 vaccines doing the rounds.
The question is: how much do you really know about vaccines? Let us help.
By getting a vaccination, your immune system is prepped to protect your body against a virus so that your defences are ready should you ever contract a disease fully.
This is done by introducing a dead or weakened form of the virus into your body through oral drops or injection, allowing your immune system to learn how to fight the disease: otherwise known as creating antibodies for the disease.
It’s important to note that being vaccinated is totally safe, and you won’t contract the disease you’re being vaccinated for.
The point of vaccinations is twofold:
Most vaccines can be administered in one of two ways: orally, in a liquid drop form, or injected into a large muscle group such as the bottom, thigh or shoulder. The timings of common vaccinations are:
The coronavirus vaccine follows the same principles as any other vaccine. The aim is to create a large group of vaccinated people, large enough to stop the virus from spreading as rapidly as it currently is, and to reduce the overall number of people who have severe, life-threatening symptoms.
Depending on which vaccine you get offered, it might be a one-dose or two-dose vaccination. The vaccine is totally free to all South African citizens, and is paid for by the government.
Currently, as of July 2021, there are two vaccines being offered in South Africa: the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose version, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose. Whichever version you get, you’ll be helping add to the general safety of yourself and others around you.
GetSavvi Health aims to keep you as safe and healthy as possible.
With that in mind, our preventative benefits provide access to vaccinations for pneumonia, hepatitis A and B, flu and tetanus, as well as pap smears, prostate screenings and health tests.
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