Even though two of the vaccines currently available have proven to be effective over 90% effective against the COVID pandemic, there aren’t the only ones available right now.
Other companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, have started to distribute their own vaccine and have proven to be very effective. In fact, they might even be considered a game-changer. But what’s all the fuss about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
Johnson & Johnson created the third COVID vaccine to be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Even though having a third COVID vaccine available is already fantastic news, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides some unique qualities that will make it the go-to vaccine.
6, How Does the Vaccine Work?
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine works differently from the rest. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use mRNA to basically tell your cells how to create a spike protein similar to what the coronavirus has so that it learns to detect and fight it.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, on the other hand, works similarly to the Ebola vaccine. That is, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a common cold virus to give your body a blueprint of the protein spike so it can detect and fight it as well.
Keep in mind, though, that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can’t give you either a common cold or COVID. It only gives your body a similar protein spike, and the common cold virus was modified so no one would get sick from it.
5, What’s So Great About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine?
What’s different about this vaccine is that it can be kept in normal refrigerated temperatures for three months. To give you context, the Pfizer vaccine lasts about two weeks in normal refrigeration temperatures.
This gives the medical teams and care providers more than enough time to transport and distribute the vaccine to other places without worrying about its effectiveness.
On top of that, the most exciting news about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is that you only need one dose for the vaccine to work, instead of the two doses you need to take with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
This gives many options for people who are afraid of getting two shots or people who don’t want to stop going to work to get the shot. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any side effects, though.