The COVID-19 Vaccine: What to know!

To stop this pandemic, we need to use all of our prevention tools.

Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed (also known as immunity). Other steps, like wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you don’t live with, also help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that
getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines
cannot give you the disease itself.

The vaccines are safe. The U.S. vaccine safety system makes sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible. All the COVID-19 vaccines that are being used have gone through the same safety tests and meet the same standards as any other vaccines produced through the years. A system in place across the entire country that allows CDC to watch for safety issues and make sure the vaccines stay safe.

Different types of COVID-19 vaccines will be available. Most of these vaccines are given in two shots, one at a time and spaced apart. The first shot gets your body ready. The second shot is given at least three weeks later to make sure you have full protection. If you are told you need two shots, make sure that you get both of them. The vaccines may work in slightly different ways, but all types of the vaccines will help protect you.

 

When you get the vaccine, you and your healthcare worker will both need to wear masks.

CDC recommends that during the pandemic, people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside their household, when in healthcare facilities, and when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine.

What to Know if You've Received the Vaccine

What side effects should I watch for?

After becoming vaccinated, one of the first steps is to monitor any side effects. There is a chance you may experience mild side effects after taking the COVID-19 vaccine, which is a normal part of the process and simply means the vaccine is working. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Pain, redness or swelling near where the shot was administered
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Chills
  • Headache

Be mindful of these symptoms and be prepared to deal with them after getting the shot. For instance, you may wish to stock up on sports drinks and headache

How long will it take for the vaccine to work?

It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require two shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot.

Can I still get COVID-19?

While studies show that the vaccines are around 95% effective, it is still possible to contract COVID-19. Experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine helps keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you do get COVID-19.

Can I still spread COVID-19 to others?

Even if asymptomatic, it is still possible to spread COVID-19 to others, making it important to continue to follow safety recommendations.

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others?

Yes. To protect yourself and others, continue to follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Wash your hands often.

This is for informational purposes only. If you have further questions or would like more information on the vaccines or COVID-19, you should consult with your doctor.