Information from various news and social media sources can provide conflicting information on the effectiveness and safety of receiving a vaccination for COVID-19.
Here are some concerns voiced by our community members:
Can I get COVD-19 from the vaccine?
No. While the vaccine doesn’t contain either live or dead virus, you may develop “flu-like” symptoms such as tiredness, fevers, or headaches after receiving one or both doses of the vaccine but these usually resolve within three days.
If someone has previously had COVID-19, should they get the vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that anyone who has had COVID-19 and recovered should be offered the vaccine. However, if you were treated for COVID-19 with specific medications (monoclonal antibodies) or convalescent plasma, the CDC recommends waiting at least 90 days before getting the vaccine.
Should women who are considering pregnancy, are currently pregnant, or breastfeeding get vaccinated?
The CDC’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices has stated that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are eligible to receive the vaccine. If you have specific questions, please reach out to your healthcare provider.
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