The information around COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine are constantly evolving. The following article will share high level information regarding the vaccination. Additionally we answer some frequently asked questions regarding the vaccination.
Firstly, the CDC has published their recommendations regarding vaccination priority populations and which members of the public should be receiving the vaccine prior to others. However, specific eligibility and inventory decisions of the vaccine are made on a state and county level. Therefore, knowing when you can receive the vaccine depends on your location.
The supply of the vaccine is still limited, but updates to the information are constantly made. You can visit the CDC’s website for timely updates.
1. Is it safe? Can you get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
Yes it is safe. No you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The vaccinations are designed to tell your body to make copies of the virus’ blueprint. They do not contain any form of the virus.
2. When can I get the vaccine?
The vaccine’s distribution is handled on a state and local government basis. They determine eligibility of receiving the vaccine based on the vaccine’s availability in your area. You can find more information based on your location on the CDC website.
3. Should I still wear a mask after I’ve been vaccination with both doses?
Yes. Based on CDC recommendations, it is still highly recommended to continue to practice safety precautions. This includes wearing a mask in public, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining a safe social distance.
4. Are there side effects?
You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html
5. Do I need the vaccine if I’ve had COVID-19?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination, visit the CDC’s interactive VaccineFinder tool. This is a constantly evolving resource from the Center of Disease Control that allows people to find vaccination sites near them.