31 Jan Wellness Wisdom – What is a vaccine?
A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. This preparation is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body’s immune system to recognize the agent as a threat and starts producing antibodies against it, so as to further recognize and destroy any of the microorganisms associated with that agent that it may encounter in the future.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect individuals, as it creates an antibody response in the body without having to become sick with the virus. If enough people get vaccinated, a large part of the population of an area will be immune to COVID-19, called “herd immunity.” Experts say that more than 70 percent of the population will have to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity.
We are currently in Phase 1a for vaccinations for:
• first responders
• healthcare workers
• long-term care residents and workers
• those who are at least 65 years of age
• caregivers of those over 65 years of age
Here are some locations:
At Navicent Health, those who qualify to receive COVID-19 vaccination
may schedule an appointment by visiting www.CovidsafeGA.org or 478-633-SAFE (7233). Appointment slots will be added based on availability.
NCHD—call 1-844-987-0099, will be required to show valid ID and proof of age before vaccination Publix– https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine
Written by LaVella Head