Covid Vaccine FAQs
What is the difference in the Covid Vaccines?
Pfizer and Moderna are currently the two manufacturers of the Covid vaccine. The New England Journal of Medicine states that the effectiveness as well as the side effects are equal. The main difference is the timeline of when to get the second injection. The point is to get the vaccine, regardless of who is manufacturing it.
Newly released, is the Johnson & Johnson version. The major difference from the other two is that the J&J vaccine is one dose.
Talk to your pharmacist for specific questions.
What sort of side effects can be expected from receiving the vaccine?
More than likely, for about 24 hours after injection, you will feel very mild flu-vaccine type side effects from the Covid vaccine such as:
-Injection Site Soreness
-Low Grade Fever
If you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other vaccine or currently carry an epi-pen for any reason, please be cautious and stay at the injection location for 30 minutes after your injection.
Younger patients seem to have stronger symptom responses and older patients seem to have less symptom response.
How long does the vaccine protect me from the virus?
The best studies showing right now is that it protects you for a couple of years. No one though has a definite answer yet because of the limited amount of data collected so far.
If I have had Covid already, should I still get the vaccine?
If you received the monoclonal infusion, wait 90 days post recovery. But yes, you should still get the vaccine. You can have the Covid virus more than once and you can also still spread the virus.
If I get the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask?
Yes. Continue to wear a mask until we are instructed not to by our local, state and federal government officials.
What if I am pregnant? What if I am immunocompromised?
As with any special case such as pregnancy, cancer, sever arthritis, etc, we encourage you to discuss all vaccine options with your specialty doctor before having any injection.
Once you are cleared by them, only then should you receive the Covid vaccine.