As COVID vaccines become more widely available, you may have questions about the vaccines. We’ve compiled some of the most common questions people have about the COVID vaccines and the CDC’s guidelines for those who are vaccinated.
COVID vaccines are available to those 12 and older. You and your family can get a vaccine at most pharmacies or state or federal vaccination sites. If you have any concerns about allergies or side effects concerning the vaccine, talk to your doctor.
While vaccines are not yet available for children under 12, trials are currently underway, and younger children may be eligible to receive a COVID vaccine soon.
Currently, three COVID vaccines are approved for use in the U.S. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are mRNA vaccines, and they require two doses for full protection. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.
The COVID vaccines are safe. However, some people may experience minor side effects within a few days of receiving the vaccines, including
These are very common side effects and are no reason for concern. If you experience redness or tenderness in the area where you got the shot that gets worse after 24 hours, or if your side effects are not going away after a few days, you should call your doctor.
You are considered fully vaccinated once it has been 2 weeks after receiving the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or 2 weeks after one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Those who are fully vaccinated can resume the activities they participated in before the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can gather with other vaccinated friends and family, and they do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 as long as they are not showing any symptoms.
People who are fully vaccinated should adhere to their local, state, and federal regulations concerning mask-wearing and other COVID-19 related policies.
But the great news is that once you are fully vaccinated, life will start to look and feel more normal as you resume activities and enjoy the company of friends and family!
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