A Brief Look at How COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Work

 | Post date: 2021/06/21 | 
Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines are some of the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States. mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Facts about COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines
  1. mRNA vaccines cannot give someone COVID-19.
  2. mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell and they can not affect or interact with our DNA.
  3. the cell gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the instructions.
  4. The benefit of mRNA vaccines, like all vaccines, is those vaccinated gain protection without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.
  5. mRNA vaccines have been held to the same rigorous safety and effectiveness standards external icon as all other types of vaccines in the United States.
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