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COVID vaccine makes it's way to LCSD#2 staff


January 14, 2021

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Above: Kay Dersham, Pine Bluffs and Burns school nurse receives her first part of the COVID vaccine.

Kay Dersham, the school nurse for the Pine Bluffs and Burns schools, started her series of vaccines on Monday, January 11. The Pine Bluffs school staff will start receiving the first series of shots on February 16th 2021, Burns staff will start the next day on February 17, 2021. The 2nd round of shots will be on March 9 and 10, 2021.

The official name for the vaccine is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Each vaccine comes in a series of 2 shots, about 3 weeks apart.

"Covid-19 MRNA vaccines are given in the upper arm muscle. Once the instructions (MRNA) is inside the muscle cells, the cells use them to make the protein piece. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and get rid of them. Next the cell displays the protein piece on its surface. Our systems recognise that the protein doesn't belong there and begins building immune response and making antibodies like what happens in the natural infection against Covid-19 at the end of the process our bodies have now learned how to protect Against Covid-19" 1

"The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent Covid-19. There is no FDA approved vaccine to prevent Covid-19. The FDA has authorised emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to prevent Covid-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older under emergency use authorization (EUA)." (2)

Though the vaccine can be very beneficial for individuals and the public there are some risks to be aware of: Injection site pain; Tiredness; Headaches; Muscle pain; Chills: Joint pain; Fever; Injection site swelling; Injection site redness; Nausea; Feeling unwell; Swollen lymph nodes. Another major side effect reported is severe allergic reactions.


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