A Breakdown of the 3 COVID-19 Vaccines

3 Different COVID Vaccines

Every day, there are new reports about the 3 different COVID-19 vaccines, how effective they are, and where they are available to those eligible in our community.

Vaccines Renown Offers and Why

Renown Health has only offered the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and we have not ordered nor plan to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If you have an appointment with Renown, please know that you will receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and we encourage you to keep your appointment.

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You may be aware of recent news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommending a pause in distributing the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine in response to a rare and severe type of blood clot. Per the CDC and FDA, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare; however, we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously.

3 Different COVID-19 Vaccines Explained

In short, there are three COVID-19 vaccines available via Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA:

  1. Pfizer
  2. Moderna
  3. Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

Both Pfizer and Moderna are messenger RNA vaccines, also called mRNA vaccines. These vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response in our bodies. There is no association between blood clots and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Janssen is a viral vector vaccine. Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a different virus to deliver instructions to our cells producing the immune response.

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