WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - Just moments after an FDA advisory panel recommended the approval of the Pfizer vaccine, the North Mississippi Medical Center held a fireside chat to discuss the coronavirus vaccine with infectious disease expert Glenn Wortmann.
“In one year, to go from discovery of something to development of a vaccine, it’s amazing,” said Wortmann.
Wortmann works at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C.
There are currently four types of coronavirus vaccines.
Wortmann made a point to explain the importance of civilians understanding the purpose of a vaccine.
“They don’t stop infection. We don’t have any vaccines that stop infection," explained the expert. "All the vaccines do is prime the immune system to go attack the invader so it doesn’t cause disease.”
The coronavirus vaccine would work in the same way.
Pfizer is one of those coronavirus vaccines approaching availability to the public. Wortmann explained the side effects of the vaccine will be similar to those of the shingles vaccine.
Many individuals are concerned about the speed at which the vaccine was created; however, Wortmann said the pacing changed only in the paperwork process.
“The FDA, you know, had a pace and they would approve things at their own pace in the past," said Wortmann. "Now, all that paperwork part has been condensed. The actually clinical trial, as far as I’m aware, is rock solid.”
The vaccine will only be available to those 16 or older if approved because it was not tested on children. Wortmann added if you've contracted the virus, you must wait two to three months after symptoms to get the vaccine.