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The COVID-19 vaccination is a key way that we can protect ourselves, our whānau and our whakapapa from COVID-19.
The information provided has been developed by Māori health professionals to give you confidence that the COVID-19 is safe for you and the people you care most about.
The COVID-19 vaccination here in Aotearoa is also known as an mRNA (message RNA) vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine will teach your cells how to make a protein - or even just a piece of protein - that triggers an immune response inside your body.
That immune response produces antibodies and it is the antibodies that will protects you from getting very sick if the real virus enters your body.
The antibodies your body creates will not make us immune from COVID-19, but they will stop you from getting very sick.
HOW THE COVID-19 VACCINATION WORKS
UNDERSTANDING THE VIRUS THAT CAUSES
Coronaviruses, like the one that causes COVID-19, are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface, called spike proteins. These spike proteins are ideal targets for vaccines.
mRNA vaccines have been used for decades
mRNA vaccines have been used for medicines for flu, Zika, rabies and cytomegalovirus (CMV). It has also been used in cancer treatment to trigger the immune system to target specific cancer cells.
Medical researchers developed the COVID-19 vaccination from the science that already existed within these other vaccinations.
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