Friends,

In my role as a physician, I've been asked a myriad of questions from patients, friends and others about the COVID-19 vaccine. Here are the most Frequently Asked Questions that I have received over the past several weeks.

1. If you get the vaccine in Florida, can you get the second shot in Monroe County? Answer: No, you must go back to the same location for the second shot.
 
2. Is the second shot the same as the first one? If so, why is it that people only seem to have a reaction to the second shot? Answer: Some people have reactions to one or both shots, which can be minor, mild, or severe after first, second, or both shots; mostly sore arms, chills, general malaise, etc. Some folks are experiencing side effects after the second dose, and it may be because of immunity being built from receiving the first shot.