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Frequently Asked Questions
After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination, such as tiredness, headache, or chills, may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
These side effects are more likely after a second dose. If you are concerned about this, you may want to get your vaccine before you have a day or two off.
As with any side effect, we need to consider the risks and the benefits. We know that the vaccines' effectiveness in preventing sickness and death from COVID-19 is dramatic. The risk of spreading COVID-19 to others and making them sick is also significantly decreased once vaccinated. And, the overall severe risks are quite uncommon.
Some of the rare side effects that have been identified include the risk of blood clots and neurological weakness with the Janssen vaccine and heart inflammation with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
Learn more about what to expect after getting vaccinated.
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that female or male fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.
Yes, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. Pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk of preterm birth and might be at increased risk of other adverse pregnancy outcomes than pregnant women without COVID-19.
The CDC and the FDA are monitoring safety in pregnancy, and so far, it appears safe. There is limited evidence on the safety of COVID Vaccines during pregnancy because they are still new. Discussing your decision with your healthcare provider may help you decide whether to receive a vaccine
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine was paused briefly due to 6 cases of unusual blood clots out of the 6.8 million doses given. The public and the medical community use the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System to track all possible side effects of all vaccines. This includes Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
The MRNA vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna) has been linked to myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscles, especially in adolescent males after their second dose. However, it is extremely rare, and to date, there have only been 226 cases confirmed. Research is ongoing, and all possible side effects are being very closely monitored.
Young, healthy people are at low risk of death from COVID-19, but the 99% recovery rate is not an accurate statistic. A study of people age 18-34 hospitalized with the virus showed that 21% needed ventilation, and 2.7% died. The new Delta variant is of particular concern. Current vaccines are effective against the Delta variant and can dramatically reduce the risk of serious illness that leads to hospitalization or death.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine also adds one more layer of protection for you, your coworkers, friends, and your family.
No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept.
An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a way to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures during public health emergencies.
Authorizing a EUA is rarely done and then only when specific legal criteria have been met. A EUA allows healthcare workers to have rapid access to life-saving medications and treatments for emergency use. Using a EUA in the fight against COVID-19 has allowed 177 million people to received at least one dose.
The Moderna vaccine was created and manufactured by Moderna in Cambridge, MA. The Pfizer Vaccine was created by a German Company and is manufactured in Europe. The Janssen/J & J vaccine was made in the Netherlands.