KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore. — Starting April 19, people 16 and older will be eligible to get vaccinated in Oregon. In Klamath county, only the two-shot Pfizer vaccine will be used for 16 year old's, because the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has not had testing to prove that the vaccine is safe for the younger population.
Klamath County Public Health officer Valeree Lane said that although some parent are skeptical about getting their children vaccinated, most parents in Klamath county are for vaccinating their kids. This is because most parents want to get back to normal as soon as possible with summer just around the corner.
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With vaccine distribution across the state, people now have a choice between the two-shot vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or the one shot vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). But most people are not sure how exactly the two shot vaccines work, why you need a second dose and why the vaccine is effective two weeks after the second shot.
Lane said that the first shot is like a primer for your immune system. This allows the body to be aware of what it is going to fight off, which is the Covid-19 virus. Them, within 28 days, your body will have a better grasp and understanding on Covid-19. This means that the second dose is ensuring that the body can fight off the virus.
"It's kind of mind blowing how very sensitive our systems are, but things don't happen overnight. So giving it that period of time of two weeks to be fully resident in your system for your immune system to know, okay. here's the war plan," said Lane.
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