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COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers

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COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers
If I’m vaccinated for COVID-19, when will I be protected from the virus?
The COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t protect you right away. It takes up to two weeks after the SECOND shot for your immune system to fully respond and to provide protection.

Do I still need to wear a mask after I’m vaccinated?
Yes, you will need to continue to wear a mask. Even with a vaccine that is 95% effective, approximately 1 in 20 people who get the vaccine will not become immune. Researchers are still unclear if a vaccinated individual can carry and pass on the virus to others. Continue to wear masks, wash hands often and stay at least 6 feet away from others.

I’ve already had COVID-19. Do I still need to be vaccinated?
Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated. Because severe health risks are associated with this virus, people are advised to get the COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?
Pfizer and Moderna both report that their vaccines show approximately 95% efficacy at preventing mild and severe symptoms of COVID-19.

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No, you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines created by Pfizer and Moderna do not contain any of the virus or other infectious material in them.

Are there side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine?
Side effects may occur and include pain at the vaccination site, fever, body aches, headaches and fatigue for a few days. Studies suggest more noticeable side effects after the second shot. Experiencing side effects does not mean that you have COVID-19, but instead it’s a signal that your immune system is responding. Side effects are considerably less severe or lasting than the illness itself.

If I have allergies, can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
The CDC reports that people with allergies to certain foods, drugs, insects, latex and other common allergens can still get the COVID-19 vaccine. A very small number of patients have reported severe allergic-type reactions.

NOTE: If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to injectables or other vaccines, discuss the risks with your physician. If vaccinated, you should be monitored closely for 30 minutes after vaccination. At this time, the CDC does not recommend that anyone who has a severe allergy (such as anaphylaxis) to any of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine ingredients get this vaccine.