Vaccination clinics at Nith Valley Family Practice have ended. Please register with Waterloo Region or a participating pharmacy to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine.
The Moderna vaccine is a mRNA vaccine. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response without using the live virus that causes COVID-19.
Once triggered, our body then makes antibodies. These antibodies help us fight the infection if the real virus does enter our body in the future. ‘RNA’ stands for ribonucleic acid, which is a molecule that provides cells with instructions for making proteins. Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines contain the genetic instructions for making the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
When a person is given the vaccine, their cells will read the genetic instructions like a recipe and produce the spike protein. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them. The cell then displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune system recognizes that the protein doesn’t belong there and begins building an immune response and making antibodies.