Pegah Kavousi


I made this poster to help educate the community and emphasize vaccine safety and effectiveness. Many might be hesitant to take the vaccine because they don’t know how it works. Many just like me know the traditional way of how vaccines are produced: a weakened virus, but some Covid 19 Vaccines are mRNA vaccines. In this poster, I tried to explain how the mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine works visually. A lot of people might feel different about getting vaccinated once they know what exactly happens. “mRNA vaccines are different from traditional vaccines. They don’t expose you to any real virus instead, they are made with Messenger Ribonucleic Acid. This type of molecule gives instructions to the cell for how to make different kinds of proteins. mRNA Molecules are a natural part of our cells and how our bodies work. Researchers have been working with mRNA vaccines for many years. They are made more easily and safely in a lab than a vaccine that uses a virus. Because of this, they can also be made faster.” (Source: Webmd.com) The poster shows the four different stages of the vaccination process: top right corner: the mRNA vaccine being incited to a cell. “Some cells take the mRNA and make a harmless piece of protein, a spike protein. This protein is found on the outside of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus (COVID-19).” (Source: Webmd.com) The top left circle/cell shows the spike protein made inside the cell and then being pushed to the outside of the cell. At the same time, the inner lighter orange part shows the mRNA. “The muscle cell then destroys the instructions for how to make the spike protein. It never goes into the Nucleus of your cells where the DNA is stored. ” (Source: Webmd.com) The newly produced spike protein now sits on the outside surface of the muscle. Our immune system senses the spike protein as a foreign threat. It starts making antibodies to fight anything with that spike protein on it. This will help the immune system recognize the actual virus and fight it. They help get your body ready to fight the virus before it makes you sick. The lower part of the poster shows a cell with the spike protein, a healthy Nucleus, an antibody, and a healthy cell. This poster might just look like abstract artwork, but it has more information for those willing to look closely. And question where these forms are coming from or even question why the poster says “I HOPE YOU DO.”
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