Frequently Asked Questions - Vaccines
Who should receive the vaccine?
Everyone who qualifies for the vaccine should get it to help reduce the risk of infection and death in the population. Herd immunity can be obtained if 80-90% of the population is vaccinated.
Does the vaccine contain any parts of the COVID-19 virus?
The Pfzier-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines do not contain any of the virus. These two vaccines are new technology and called mRNA vaccines. They code for a protein that stimulates the human immune system to make antibodies to COVID.
Should I receive the vaccine if I already had COVID? Or if I received the antibody test and tested positive?
Yes, you should receive the vaccine even if you already had COVID or have had a positive antibody test. It is currently unknown how long the antibodies from an infection stay in the body. It has been reported that some people have been re-infected.
What ages should receive the vaccine?
Currently the Pfzier-BioNtech vaccine is approved from age 16 and up. The Moderna vaccine is approved for ages 18 and up.
How long does it take for the vaccine to go into effect?
Your full immune response is expected to peak around 7 days after the second of the vaccine shots from both Pfizer=BioNtech and Moderna.
If I am allergic to the flu shot, should I receive the vaccine?
If you are allergic to the flu vaccination you should still receive the COVID vaccine. The COVID vaccine is not made in chicken eggs and allergies have been limited with it.
What allergies exclude me from receiving?
Currently the vaccine is recommended unless you a history of anaphylaxis or are allergic to the COVID vaccine ingredients.
I am receiving chemotherapy, should I receive the vaccine?
The vaccine is recommended for people on chemotherapy but the tier category you fall into to get the vaccine depends on your type of cancer. Consult with your healthcare provider to discover your options.
There have been reports the vaccine can cause reproductive issues in the future, who does this affect?
There have been no studies to show the vaccines causes reproductive issues in the future. Studies so far that have been done on mice do not show any reproductive issues.
Should I get vaccinated if I am pregnant, breastfeeding or lactating?
It is currently recommended pregnant or breastfeeding women get the vaccine, particularly if they fall into a high-risk group. A pregnant woman should have the discussion with her healthcare provider that can help her make an informed decision.
Do I have to wear my mask after I receive the vaccine?
Even with the vaccine, some patients still can get COVID-19 and transmit it to those around them. It is important to continue to wear masks, wash your hands frequently and physically distance yourself from others until the pandemic is more controlled and a significant amount of the population has developed immunity.