Now that anyone above the age of 16 is eligible for the COVID vaccine, there are a lot of questions that seem to pop up.  Like, when we have probably all hear that it is only effective for about 6 months.  Is this true?

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Not exactly.  With about half of all Minnesotans having recieved at least one dose of the vaccine, this has become a topic of discussion.

Recent data from Moderna showed "antibody persistence through 6 months following the second dose of our COVID-19 vaccine." 

Mostly that information is saying that they know it works through 6 months, which is about how long it's been since most people who received the vaccine.  It shows to be working for at least that long.  Will it continue?  That is still to be tested.  So, what they are saying when asked if it only is effective for six months, is not exactly.  It is FOR SURE effective for 6 months, but longer than that is still to be tested.  When something has only been around for a certain amout of time, you only have data for that amount of time.  See?  Hence the "not exactly".

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If you haven't had a chance to get vaccinated as of yet and you have some questions, there is a handy site that basically answers all of your questions.  That is, with information as the Minnesota State Health Department get it.  They are updating this site almost daily. It's a good idea to check it frequently.

If you are on the fence as to if you want to get the vaccination or not, remember that it's difficult to reach herd immunity without most people being vaccinated.  With that said, there is still a lot of information that is being gathered regarding the vaccine, and the differences between each manufacturer's version.  Some people would rather wait to see what happens before commiting to putting the vaccination into their system.

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