Dr. Fauci Says This is the Best COVID Vaccine For You
In just a few months, we went from having no COVID vaccines to three—the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. So, which one is right for you? In an interview with Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases discusses the differences between the three, including how efficient they are in terms of protection against the virus, and reveals which you should get. Read on to learn the answer—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Pfizer and Moderna Are "Messenger RNA Vaccines"
Dr. Fauci started by explaining the difference between the three vaccines, revealing that the Pfizer and the Moderna, the first to become available to the public, are messenger RNA vaccines. "Messenger RNA is the genetic code that tells the body to make certain proteins," he explained. "So when you inject it into an individual, it codes for the spike protein on the virus, and the body sees that, thinks it's the virus, but it's not. It's just a protein of the virus. It makes a good immune response. And then when you get exposed to the actual virus, you're protected, that's the MRNA of Pfizer and Moderna."
Johnson & Johnson Is "A Little Bit Different"
"It's a little bit different with the J & J," he continued. However, "the ultimate end game is you still make an immune response to the spike protein, but instead of injecting just the MRNA, you get a benign harmless cold virus called adenovirus. And you stick in that, the gene, the DNA of the spike protein, which then codes for RNA, which then codes for the protein."
All Three Offer Protection Against the Virus
The bottom line? "At the end of the day, both of them are inducing a response to the spike protein of the COVID-19 virus, which we call SARS-COV2," Dr. Fauci continued. "So they're called different vaccine platforms. Both are very effective, highly effective, particularly against severe disease requiring hospitalization and sometimes leading to death."
So, Which Should You Get?
Dr. Fauci advises not to discriminate against any of the three vaccines. "I would recommend, get the first one you could get," he revealed. "If you go into a clinic and one vaccine is available now, and another one will be available in a month, I would go right for the one that's available now. Given the circulation of viruses in the community, you want to get protected as quickly and as expeditiously as you possibly can."
Get the Vaccine, ASAP
And, he stands by this advice, even if it is revealed that any or all of these vaccines do not protect against the variants, which soon could become the dominating strains. "The best way to get protected against the new strains is to get vaccinated and get a high enough titer to the strain that's contained in the vaccine, even though it isn't matched directly to the strain that's in the community. What it is is that a high enough titer will give you enough cushion to get some degree of protection against the variants," he said. "So I would not wait. Waiting would be a mistake."
Do Your Part in Ending the Pandemic
So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.