As of January 2021, there were 96.7 million reported cases of COVID-19 infections and over two million deaths globally.1 The United States of America was leading the world with 25.3 million cases and over 420,000 deaths.2 As the virus continues to spread and new cases hit record numbers day after day, the best hope for ending the pandemic is through an effective vaccine. But now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun authorizing the emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines, you likely have several questions.
We will focus on all the facts about the COVID vaccine to help you make important decisions about your and your family’s health.
What is the approved COVID-19 vaccine?
Currently, there are several COVID-19 vaccines approved by the FDA for emergency use.3
- Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine: This vaccine starts working shortly after the initial dose and has an efficacy rate of 95% seven days after the second dose.4
- Moderna vaccine: The vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.1% after two injections given 28 days apart.5
Can a COVID-19 vaccine infect me with COVID 19?
No. The FDA-recommended COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain the live virus, meaning the vaccine cannot infect the recipients with COVID-19.6 The vaccine basically teaches your immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Notably, the vaccine may cause side effects as the body is building protection.
What are the possible side effects of COVID 19?
You should expect mild side effects after the first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccines. Typically, patients are monitored for 15 minutes for an immediate reaction after getting the vaccine.
Do I still need the vaccine after I recover from COVID 19?
Yes, because you can still get re-infected with COVID-19 even after you recover from it. Therefore, a vaccine can help protect you in the future.
Is it advisable for people with a history of allergies to get the COVID 19 vaccine?
You can still get the vaccine even with a history of allergic reactions. Notably, if you have a history of allergies, you will likely be monitored for 30 minutes after taking the vaccine.7 However, if you had immediate allergic reactions to other vaccines or injectable medications in the past, it is advisable to seek advice from your doctor on whether you can get the COVID vaccine.
The U.S. vaccine safety system guarantees all vaccines are safe for use on humans. Notably, the CDC has developed a new tool called V-Safe that offers an additional layer of safety monitoring. The tool helps regulators to increase their ability to detect any safety issues with COVID 19 vaccines rapidly. V-safe is an innovative smartphone-based, post-vaccination health checker for individuals who receive COVID 19 vaccines.8
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