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“What is in the vaccine?” and “How does the vaccine work to fight the covid 19 virus (also known as SARS-CoV-2 )?” are two of the most common questions. According to a CDC article, Covid-19 (2021), To understand how the Covid 19 vaccine works we have to first understand how our body fights illnesses. “Our immune system uses several tools to fight infection...Different types of white blood cells fight infection in different ways: Macrophages are white blood cells that swallow and digest germs and dead or dying cells. The macrophages leave behind parts of the invading germs, called “antigens”. The body identifies antigens as dangerous and stimulates antibodies to attack them (Covid-19 vaccine, CDC, 2021)”. B-Lymphocytes are also white blood cells that produce antibodies to attack the remaining pieces of virus left by macrophages. T-Lymphocytes are white blood cells that attack affected cells in the body. When a person is exposed to the Covid 19 virus it takes several days or even weeks for the body to fight the infection. After the first interaction with the virus, the body’s immune system would remember and learn how to fight the virus. “The T-lymphocytes called “memory cells,” that go into action quickly if the body encounters the same virus again. When the familiar antigens are detected, B-lymphocytes produce antibodies to attack”. Once getting a vaccine, after a “few weeks the body produces T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes. Therefore, it is possible for someone to become infected [by the covid 19 virus] before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection”(Covid-19 vaccine, CDC, 2021).”

Another common question is, “why do people get sick when they get the covid vaccine?” after getting a vaccine it is normal to have symptoms or reactions such as fever or chills because these signs indicate your body is building immunity and according to Vox, The vaccine (more specifically the new messenger RNA vaccine) has a 95% efficacy rate. The efficacy rate means this vaccine is one of the most effective vaccines but, because the efficacy rate is so high this would also mean the vaccine is more likely to activate your immune system, “which means your body increase blood flow to where that vaccine is, which is why pain at the injection site is so common...your body might even think, better turn up the heat, and then you get a fever, or the chills. So experts emphasize that we should look at most side effects as a good thing: it means the vaccine is working (Vox, Vaccine side effects are actually good thing, 2021)”

There are many myths and rumors surrounding the Covid-19 vaccines (Myths and Facts, CDC, 2021). The CDC made an article about myths on the covid-19 vaccination, they included information on how to find credible sources, as well as, answering commonly asked questions about the vaccine. Due to the spread of misinformation and rumors, it is extremely important to find credible sources and information that experts have studied on. This CDC article will help if you or anyone has questions or concerns about the vaccine.

The CDC created the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). The Social Vulnerability Index has “[incorperated] fifteen social factors which are grouped into four themes (Bailey, Countertools, 2020)” to identify communities that could experience natural disasters such as an outbreak. The four themes are Socioeconomic status, Household Composition, Race/Ethnicity/Language, and Housing/Transportation. These four themes come together and are ranked for each US census tract. “Communities with higher social vulnerabilities, including poverty and crowded housing units, have more adverse outcomes during and following public health event (CDC, 2020)” In the case of Covid communities with higher social vulnerability were more affected


Bailey, J., & Justin Bailey is Director of Product & Technology at Counter Tools. Justin studied sociology at Brown University. (2020, December 2). Considering social vulnerability and health equity in COVID-19 vaccine allocation. Counter Tools. Retrieved September 24, 2021, from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, October 22). Association between social vulnerability and a COUNTY'S risk for becoming A COVID-19 hotspot - United STATES, june 1–JULY 25, 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved September 29, 2021, from

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Priya B. Shete. Jason Vargo. Alice Hm Chen. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo. (2021, February 3). Equity metrics: Toward a more effective and inclusive pandemic response: Health affairs blog. Health Affairs. Retrieved September 24, 2021, from

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By Maheen Maiya


On May 19th Texas Gov. Greg Abbot signed the law to make abortion illegal. This law was to take effect on September 1st. The abortion law, also known as SB 8, bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, which is also when most people find out they are pregnant. The law “provides no exception for rape or incest” (Stewart, Vox, 2021) and makes it illegal “for anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion...including a friend or family member who gives a woman a ride to a clinic, or abortion care providers who provide non-medical services” (UltraViolet, 2021). Many corporations took part in this law by either supporting/sponsoring this law or opposing it.

“Recent data revealed that 86 companies in the Fortune 250 gave $5.9 million to candidates seeking office in the Texas Legislature in 2020 and seven of those companies gave over $100,000 to sponsors of the abortion laws” (Sheffey, Business Insider, 2021) some of the well-known companies that sponsored SB 8 are: AT&T, UnitedHealth Group, Union Pacific, and Chevron. In a Businessinsider article, UnionPacific stated that they “[have] history of giving to political candidates on both sides of the aisle in compliance with national and state rules. ‘‘[considering the] criteria beyond those that directly impact rail operations and business metrics when evaluating contributions, and [review giving] to all candidates annually’...Chevron…[also] told Insider in a statement that engages with ‘numerous elected representatives who take positions on a range of issues. We are not always aligned with all their views’” (Sheffey, 2021) Well-known companies that opposed SB 8, are Bumble, Match, Tinder, Lyft, and Uber. Lyft and Uber spoke out because their drivers can be sued for driving people to get an abortion. Lyft CEO, Logan Green, created a “driver defense fund to cover legal fees for drivers and that the company would donate $1 million to Planned Parenthood. He called SB 8 ‘an attack on women’s access to healthcare and on their right to choose. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also said his company would cover drivers’ legal fees”(Stewart, Vox, 2021). In addition, “President Joe Biden said this law ‘blatantly violates’ Roe v. Wade and how this law would “significantly impair” access to essential healthcare, especially for people of color and low-income communities'' (Sheffey, BusinessInsider,2021).

“If the federal courts ultimately allow this law to stand it’s very likely that other conservative states will move to pass similar laws (McCammon, NPR, 2021)” Dr.Bhavik Kumar, a family medicine doctor at Planned Parenthood in Houston, discussed with NPR about the law and how the ban would make patients go outside of Texas to seek an abortion but he mentions how many people don’t have the ability to go out of state and that is what makes him worried. No matter what your views on abortion are. It is important to be informed about our society and how it affects us.


AT&T funded Texas ABORTION BAN! UltraViolet. (n.d.). Retrieved September 8, 2021, from

McCammon, S. (2021, September 1). What the Texas Abortion Ban does - and what it means for other states. NPR.

Sheffey, A. (2021, September 2). Companies like AT&T and UnitedHealth donated over $100,000 to the Texas lawmakers behind its new abortion law. Business Insider.

Stewart, E. (2021, September 7). On the Texas abortion law, corporate America stays quiet. Vox.

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