The Novavax vaccine or NVX-CoV2372 is a vaccine to prevent infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This vaccine has undergone phase 3 clinical trials in the UK and phase 2b in South Africa.
The Novavax vaccine contains a subunit protein specifically made to resemble the natural protein in the Corona virus. After being injected into the body, the protein will trigger the body to produce antibodies to fight the Corona virus.
In addition, this vaccine also contains matrix-M which is added to increase the body's immune system response and antibody levels. According to the results of phase 3 clinical trials conducted in England, the Novavax vaccine has an efficacy value, namely a protective effect against COVID-19 , of 89.3%.
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What is the Novavax Vaccine
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Warning Before Receiving Novavax Vaccine
The following are things you need to pay attention to before receiving the Novavax vaccine:
- Tell your doctor about any history of allergies you have. The Novavax vaccine should not be given to people who are allergic to the ingredients in this vaccine.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding.
- Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications including supplements or herbal products.
- Tell your doctor if you have an acute respiratory infection , a weak immune system, fever, diabetes , hypertension, autoimmune disease, kidney disease, lung disease, heart disease, or a blood disorder . Also tell your doctor if you are a survivor of COVID-19.
- Immediately see a doctor if an allergic reaction occurs after using the Novavax vaccine.
Novavax Vaccine Dosage and Administration Schedule
The Novavax vaccine is injected into a muscle (intramuscular/IM) by a doctor or medical officer under the supervision of a doctor.
The Novavax vaccine dose in one injection is 0.5 ml. This vaccine is injected 2 times with a distance of 21 days.
How to give the Novavax Vaccine
The Novavax vaccine is injected into a muscle (intramuscular/IM). This vaccine injection is carried out by a doctor or medical officer under the supervision of a doctor at a vaccination service facility.
Before vaccination, medical staff will do a screening to find out your health condition. If you have a fever, injecting the vaccine should be postponed until you recover.
After screening and you are declared able to undergo vaccination, the skin area where the vaccine was injected will be cleaned with an alcohol swab before and after the injection. After the vaccine is injected, the disposable syringe that has been used will be thrown into the safety box without the needle being closed again.
After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you must wait 30 minutes at the vaccination service to anticipate post-immunization follow-up events (AEFI).
AEFIs are all complaints or medical conditions that may be related to vaccination, including allergic reactions to vaccine ingredients and vaccine side effects. Don't delay seeing a doctor if you are unsure whether the complaints you are experiencing after the vaccine are AEFIs or symptoms of COVID-19 .
Even though you have been vaccinated, you still have to comply with health protocols to prevent transmission of COVID-19, namely washing your hands, maintaining physical distance from other people, wearing a mask when outside the home, and avoiding crowds.
Novavax Vaccine Interactions with Other Drugs
It is not yet known what interaction effects can occur if the Novavax vaccine is used with other medicines. To anticipate drug interaction effects, tell your doctor about any drugs, supplements, or herbal products you are currently taking before receiving the Novavax vaccine.
Novavax Vaccine Side Effects and Dangers
Mild side effects that may appear after vaccination, including:
- Redness, swelling, or pain at the injection site
- Muscle ache
Check with your doctor if the side effects above don't go away or get worse, also if other, more severe complaints appear. Immediately go to the doctor if you experience an allergic reaction after injecting the Novavax vaccine.