Medical experts give insight on COVID-19 vaccines in the Big Bend area

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and The Village Square hosted a "Journey of a COVID Vaccine" discussion Wednesday
Posted at 6:31 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 18:31:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The effectiveness of vaccinations, what's in them, and even the brand of vaccine to get were all part of The Village Square and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare's vaccine conversation.

The discussion was aimed at calming fears when it comes to trust in vaccines.

During the conversation, health experts from Duke University and Cincinnati Children's Hospital also touched on potential side effects from those vaccines.

Doctors explained that side effects after taking a vaccine aren't always a bad thing, adding if they are mild they can show that the vaccine is working.

When it comes to which vaccine is the best, Dr. Paul Spearman from Cincinnati said the Moderna and Pfizer shots are equal.

"With the limited supply and the distribution and the fact that these two look very very equivalent," said Spearman. "I think you should get what's offered either in your workplace or by your public health agencies in your area and not worry about it."

Spearman said those two brands of vaccine are just the beginning and there are more to come.

The main message from experts: Based on data, the vaccines are safe but do not give full immunity.

They also asked people to continue to mask up and social distance, throughout the nationwide vaccination process.

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