MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In the midst of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, healthcare leaders are faced with another battle. The coronavirus is changing.
FOX13 talked to health leaders about whether or not the vaccine will be effective in fighting variants as well.
Frank Ware has been on the fence about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Now he’s even more skeptical.
“They just made a vaccine for the first one, so I don’t know how this is going to play out,” said Ware.
There are two new variants of the coronavirus: one discovered in South Africa, the other in Britain. According to the Associated Press, the good news is the research suggests the Pfizer vaccine can fight them.
“We don’t have enough research definitively, but the way the vaccine is developed, scientists have a lot of signals to show the effectiveness of the vaccine should remain high,” said Methodist University Hospital Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Morgan Jones.
In fact, health experts believe the vaccine is effective against 16 mutations found in the coronavirus.
“This vaccine meets the same safety and efficacy threshold as any other vaccine in the US would meet. no corners were cut,” Jones.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Morgan Jones added it is still vital people get vaccinated once available to them.
Ware said it’s something he may consider.
“I don’t know, I don’t know. It’s crazy,” he said.
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