How Vaccines Work
Before we look at the vaccine’s effectiveness and Sinovac side effects, it’s important to understand how vaccines protect us.
When your body encounters a virus or a bacteria, at first, it doesn’t know what to do. And this invasion, or infection, makes you ill. Over time, your immune system learns how to fight the infection. More importantly, it remembers what to do the next time you get infected. This is called an immune response.
All vaccines work in the same way: They imitate an infection in your body to train it to develop an immune response2.
Since vaccines are just copycats of the virus they are imitating, you cannot get ill. But you can expect some mild side effects to occur.
All About Sinovac
Sinovac Biotech is the producer of the CoronaVac vaccine for COVID-19. It is a Chinese pharmaceutical company based in Beijing.
CoronaVac, commonly referred to as the Sinovac vaccine, was validated for Emergency Use listing by the WHO in June 20203. It is now approved for use in 40 countries4.
Is Sinovac Safe?
Yes, Sinovac is safe. It has been thoroughly assessed and approved by the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). It has also been proven to be safe in phase 3 trials5. At this point in the pandemic, millions have taken Sinovac in the Philippines as well as all over the world.