The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated something we’ve never had before: an emergency vaccine for a virus we don’t fully understand. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, there are several vaccines now released and approved for public use. But, are they safe?
Marla Ahlgrimm points out that, despite the rapid release of the vaccines, there is a great deal of science behind them. She notes that pharmaceutical companies and scientists had already put years of work into the method, which is mRNA sequencing, that the vaccines utilize. In the instance of COVID-19, the vaccine drafts a set of instructions that mimics the protein spikes found on the virus. This, in turn, teaches the body to make antibodies, which then fight future infections.
So, the question remains: is the vaccine safe? For the most part, Marla Ahlgrimm says the answer is yes. The mRNA vaccine can’t cause an infection. It doesn’t contain a live virus, which is how other vaccines work. This does not mean that the vaccine is without side effects. These may include:
- Joint pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Pain at the injection site
Some women have resisted receiving the vaccine because of an inaccurate internet source that claimed it negatively affected fertility levels and pregnancy. Marla Ahlgrimm says that this is not true, and, as of yet, there is no elevated risk of miscarriage in women who are pregnant that take the vaccine.