The new wave of Covid vaccinations

An early Christmas gift was received from the FDA, when it gave emergency authorization for its Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those ages 16+ on December 11, 2020. A week later on December 18, 2020, the Moderna vaccine was given emergency approval. Both of these two dose vaccines tend to be the most popular and most effective in reducing symptoms among the experimental research groups.

That does not discredit the one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, often referred to as Janssen vaccine on Covid vaccine cards, which has been equally, if not better, suited at reducing severe cases of Covid and reduce hospitalizations. While the distribution of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine had to be stopped due to blood clot concerns, it has recently been reauthorized for use.

As more and more Americans start to get vaccinated, it has become clear that people are having different reactions and responses to the vaccine depending on what type of vaccine they have received. This includes many of the SJM student body who have chosen to get vaccinated.


Senior Ellie Luchini was able to get her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in March in a quick process that only left her with a few, common symptoms. Common symptoms reported by the CDC are pain, redness, swelling, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea.

Johnson and Johnson

Senior Lareina Torres was able to get her vaccine at the beginning of April. A one shot vaccine that she was grateful to receive. Common symptoms of the the Johnson and Johnson vaccine according to the CDC are the same as the Pfizer vaccine including pain, redness, fever, and chills.

Do not let the minor side effects of these vaccines be discouraging. Getting vaccinated puts the country on the fast track to reopening and going back to normal, find the vaccine that works the best for you and your lifestyle. Appointments are easier than ever to make. Either go to or search up a pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens which often has appointments available in addition to walk in appointments!


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