Pfizer vs. Moderna COVID-19 vaccines - What's the difference?

Posted at 5:30 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 11:33:09-05

WAUWATOSA — Over 50,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine have made it to the Badger State, this week alone.

With more vaccines possibly being approved down the pipeline, such as Moderna’s, a Doctor Mary Beth Graham, Infectious Disease Specialist at Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin shares how each of the vaccines works in our bodies to protect us.

“Is there a difference between the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine?” asked TMJ4’s Julia Fello.

Dr. Graham replied, “They’re basically the same type of vaccines.”

Dr. Graham assures, “It cannot incorporate into your cell or change the DNA of your cell or mutate or do anything weird inside of you.”

Dr. Graham says both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, “You will have your maximal antibody response and maximal immune response if you get the two-shot series. So the first shot, and the second shot in about three weeks.”

Pfizer’s vaccine will be available to hospital workers and senior citizens living in assisted living centers first.

CNBC reports Moderna’s vaccine could be approved by the FDA as early as Friday. The vaccine was backed by an expert panel Thursday afternoon.

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