Both Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines may offer protection against the Covid-19. Learning the difference is important when choosing the right vaccine for you!
Method of Delivery
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use mRNA technology to deliver a tiny piece of code to your cells. This is a safe and effective method. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine utilizes a traditional method of vaccination. This vaccine uses a disabled adenovirus to deliver immunity. The mRNA vaccines teach your body to recognize and defeat COVID-19 through the memory of exposure. The Johnson and Johnson immunization delivers instructions on how to defeat the coronavirus based on similarities with the adenovirus, but will not activate a viral infection.
What’s the difference?
Pfizer and Moderna require two doses of immunization. Johnson and Johnson only needs one and is overall a more stable vaccine. It lasts longer at room temperature, which is important for the administration in rural areas. It is easier to distribute and maintain.
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is around 77% effective at preventing moderate to severe cases of infection. The Pfizer and Moderna is around 95% effective. With that being said, in a placebo study of 44,000 participants, it was 85% effective at preventing hospitalization and death. It is great at reducing severe disease. That is the main point of a vaccine, right?
There are benefits and drawbacks to both. It’s important to research your options before deciding on a brand.
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