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Things you need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine
Your safety is the top priority with the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine was developed in a similar way as the steps taken to develop the flu and measles vaccines. Clinical trials, FDA evaluation and advisory group review were part of this process. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and are being thoughtfully given out in phases.
Two doses of the current vaccine are required to have the greatest immunity. They are given a few weeks apart. The first vaccination prepares the body’s immune system and helps it recognize the virus. The second vaccination strengthens the immune response.
The vaccine will help you from getting COVID-19 and will protect other people around you. You can get the COVID-19 vaccine at no charge. Adults and those 12 years and older are encouraged to get the vaccine when it is available.
Questions You May Have*
Why should I get vaccinated?
The COVID-19 vaccination will help prevent you from getting COVID-19 and will protect other people around you. The COVID-19 vaccine lowers how ill people who catch the virus will get. Along with helping to stop the spread of the virus, you can be an example for others.
Can I get COVID-19 as a result of receiving the vaccine?
No. The live COVID-19 virus is not present in any current vaccine. This means there is no risk of becoming infected from the vaccine. You may have side effects for 1-2 days after getting the vaccine. This includes body aches, low-grade fever, or fatigue, which are generally mild and is a sign that your body is building an immune response.
Are there side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines?
The most common side effects are like those seen with most vaccines. This includes sore arms, fevers and tiredness within 72 hours after the vaccine.
If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available?
Yes, COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to you whether or not you’ve had COVID-19. However, if you are currently infected with COVID-19, you should wait to get the vaccine until you have recovered.
How much will the vaccines cost?
The COVID-19 vaccines are free. Even if you don’t have insurance, the federal government pays the cost of the vaccine.
Do I still need to wear a mask and practice social distancing after I receive the vaccine?
Yes, you should still wear a mask indoors and practice social distancing after being vaccinated. The vaccine will protect you from getting ill from COVID-19. However, you can still carry the virus and spread it to others. At this time, those who get the vaccine should continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.
How do I know which sources of COVID-19 vaccine information are accurate?
It can be hard to know which sources to trust. The internet can be filled with misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines. The best thing to do is educate yourself about the vaccines with truthful information. Learn more about finding trusted vaccine information in The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) article at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/evalwebs.htm.
What else do I need to know?
On the day of your appointment, wear something loose that can be slipped off your arm or rolled up to make it easier to get the vaccine. You will need to stay for 15 to 20 minutes after getting the vaccine. A provider will watch for any potential reactions to it. This is standard for all people who get the vaccine.
*This content does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
CDC Resources: COVID-19 Information
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