What is a vaccine?
A vaccine is a product that stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first. This is what makes vaccines such powerful medicine. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.
Why should I get the vaccine?
You can reduce your risk of infection, disease, hospitalization, severe complications, and even death by getting vaccinated. The early results for the Moderna vaccine clinical trial indicate 95% efficacy at preventing COVID-19 symptoms after two doses.
Who should get the Moderna vaccine?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine’s emergency use in individuals 18 years of age and older.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received 2 doses of the vaccine?
Yes. Everyone must continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic spread, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
How much will it cost to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
There will be no cost associated with the COVID-19 vaccine.
Can I get the vaccine if I’ve already had (tested positive) COVID-19?
Yes. If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, you are still eligible to receive the vaccine. The current CDC recommendations are to postpone vaccination for 90 days after the infection and prioritize those who do not have natural immunity from a previous COVID-19 disease.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
We recommend speaking with your physician about the risks/benefits of being vaccinated if you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding.
Will I experience side effects?
Our vaccinators are trained to administer the COVID-19 vaccine will monitor you for side effects for at least 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine. Any vaccine can cause mild side effects. The ones identified with the COVID-19 vaccine may include, but are not limited to, pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose. In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact us if redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours or if your side effects are worrying you.
Source: Neighborhood Care, nhcare.org
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