PHC COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

Since the roll out of the COVID-19 Vaccines in 2021, Pro Health Care has administered over 20,000 vaccinations!

This is a staggering number and shows that many of our patients have been proactive in getting vaccinated and keeping themselves and their community safe. As you can imagine, the process of co-ordinating and administering such a large volume of vaccinations has presented numerous challenges for our staff, doctors and nurses, all of whom have worked tirelessly to ensure the safe and effective delivery of this service to our community. We would like to take this moment to recognise this extraordinary effort and acknowledge our staff with a very big thank you for working on the front line of our practices. Your tireless dedication and great sacrifices in order to protect our community and keep us safe is greatly appreciated by all.

The COVID-19 vaccine was created in order to prepare the body to be able to defend itself against COVID-19. This is done by training the immune system to recognise the COVID-19 virus while giving the body the ability to fight off the virus before severe illness occurs. This is the goal of a majority of vaccines that exist today.

If you have received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, some of your cells will read the vaccine’s mRNA instructions and then temporarily produce the spike protein that mimics the virus. Your immune system will then recognise that the spike protein is foreign and will produce antibodies, activating T cells (white blood cells) to attack it.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine works in a different way where some of your cells will be “infected” by a dead adenovirus (the common cold) which is carrying the spike protein DNA (mimicking the virus). Your immune system will react in the same way as it would if you had received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Research throughout the clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccines was focusing on whether the vaccines could produce enough antibodies to prevent severe illnesses. The vaccines that worked safely to do this were approved for use. After the vaccines had been rolled out worldwide, early research has also seen a reduction in how infectious people are if they do catch COVID-19 which helps reduce the spread of the virus.

It is very important that we continue practicing good hygiene, physical distancing, getting tested and staying home if unwell. For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccine, click here. To book an appointment to get your COVID-19 vaccination, click here.


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