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Thread: CVS TO OFFER COVID-19 vaccines when available to pharmacies

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    I read this from the NY Times on how it works.
    Pfizer and BioNTech are testing a vaccine that uses a genetic molecule called RNA to cause our own cells to make a viral protein. Our immune systems encounter the protein and make antibodies and immune cells that can recognize the protein quickly and deliver a swift attack. Moderna is in late-stage trials with an RNA vaccine of its own, and early clinical trials on other RNA vaccines are underway in China, England, India, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.
    But the news from Pfizer and BioNTech could be heartening to other vaccine developers as well. Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine causes our bodies to make a viral protein called a spike. A number of other vaccines deliver the spike protein into the body, or just a fragment of it, that triggers the immune system to recognize it. Still other vaccines are based on other viruses, which harmlessly deliver a gene for the spike protein into cells. If the spike protein prompts a strong protection to the coronavirus, then all of these vaccines might also deliver encouraging results in the months to come.



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    Andrea, you got me curious since I have a small scar as well from the smallpox vaccine so I googled it:
    Scars like the smallpox vaccine scar form due to the body’s natural healing process. When the skin is injured (like it is with the smallpox vaccine), the body rapidly responds to repair the tissue. The result is a scar, which is still skin tissue, but the skin fibers are arranged in a single direction instead of various directions like the rest of the skin. Normal skin cells take time to grow while scar tissue can grow more quickly. While the result is protective, people can be left with a visible reminder of skin injury.
    For most people, the smallpox scar is a small, round scar that’s lower than the skin around it. Most people’s scars are no bigger than the size of a pencil eraser, although others may have larger scars. Sometimes they can be itchy and the skin feels tighter around them. This is a natural result of scar tissue development.
    Some people have a different inflammatory response to skin injury. They may be prone to forming excess scar tissue in the form of a keloid. This is a raised scar that grows in response to skin injury. They are known to form on the shoulder and can cause a raised, spread scar that looks like something has spilled on the skin and hardened. Doctors don’t know why some people get keloids and others don’t. They do know those with a family history of keloids (ages 10 to 30), and those of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent are more likely to have keloids, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
    During the height of smallpox concerns, having a visible smallpox vaccine scar was a beneficial sign because health officials could assume a person was vaccinated against the virus. For example, immigration officials on Ellis Island in New York were known to inspect immigrants’ arms for the presence of the smallpox vaccine before they could be admitted to the United States.

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    and off topic..... for you oldies out there. age 60+
    when we were toddlers we all got a vaccination for smallpox.
    that vaccination left a scar on our arm.
    my pediatrician, gave that vaccination on the kids' upper thigh.

    why did that vaccination leave scars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaGrn View Post
    Andrea, you got me curious since I have a small scar as well from the smallpox vaccine so I googled it:
    Scars like the smallpox vaccine scar form due to the body’s natural healing process. When the skin is injured (like it is with the smallpox vaccine), the body rapidly responds to repair the tissue. The result is a scar, which is still skin tissue, but the skin fibers are arranged in a single direction instead of various directions like the rest of the skin. Normal skin cells take time to grow while scar tissue can grow more quickly. While the result is protective, people can be left with a visible reminder of skin injury.
    For most people, the smallpox scar is a small, round scar that’s lower than the skin around it. Most people’s scars are no bigger than the size of a pencil eraser, although others may have larger scars. Sometimes they can be itchy and the skin feels tighter around them. This is a natural result of scar tissue development.
    Some people have a different inflammatory response to skin injury. They may be prone to forming excess scar tissue in the form of a keloid. This is a raised scar that grows in response to skin injury. They are known to form on the shoulder and can cause a raised, spread scar that looks like something has spilled on the skin and hardened. Doctors don’t know why some people get keloids and others don’t. They do know those with a family history of keloids (ages 10 to 30), and those of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent are more likely to have keloids, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
    During the height of smallpox concerns, having a visible smallpox vaccine scar was a beneficial sign because health officials could assume a person was vaccinated against the virus. For example, immigration officials on Ellis Island in New York were known to inspect immigrants’ arms for the presence of the smallpox vaccine before they could be admitted to the United States.
    My dad had large smallpox scar-probably the size of a quarter. Even though we would have had them as babies in the early 60s, I really don't see a much of scar.

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    that is good to know!
    passed the word to my 2 friends and told them to read your link!!

    thanks

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    So... you got me curious and I googled. Here’s the info from the CDC which states none of the vaccines are using a live virus.
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...ine-myths.html

    Phew!!! I don’t care if it hurts, I can take it!!

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    If and when a vaccine is available, I will take it; as well as my husband (he is older with health issues)
    Main reason is being a carrier and will not want to transfer it to my residents or to my husband.
    Did do the flu vaccine even though I have a sensitivity to eggs. (no reactions thankfully)
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    Moderna announced today that they also have a vaccine that just needs to be refrigerated - 94% effective.
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    can be stored for up to a year in -4 degrees Fahrenheit and in a regular refrigerator for 30 days!!
    Quote Originally Posted by purpleangel View Post
    Moderna announced today that they also have a vaccine that just needs to be refrigerated - 94% effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    can be stored for up to a year in -4 degrees Fahrenheit and in a regular refrigerator for 30 days!!
    Sign me up!

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    I'm in....and gonna be really relieved when I get it!
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    Praying they are safe and as effective as they claim. My big concern about them being effective is that from what I read, the volunteers were not exposed to Covid nor were they tested to see if they were asymptomatic.

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