COVID-19 vaccinations are happening across America, and so far, more than 2 million doses have been administered and 30% of the population fully vaccinated. Northeastern states lead the way with the highest rate of vaccinations, while Southern states lag behind. Overall, vaccinations have slowed and it appears to be connected to vaccine hesitancy, stemming from misinformation and partisan differences. A lack of education about the COVID-19 vaccine can cause people to avoid getting vaccinated. If people are to return to enjoying many of the things that they did before, having some level of normalcy return then enough Americans have to get vaccinated. Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID Vaccine a Hot Topic
The COVID Vaccine is a hot topic in both the medical community as well as on many social media platforms. There’s a lot of fear and misinformation out there, and it’s important to have the right information to guide your decision about getting vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) maintains that “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.” Social media networks have been blamed for a lot of misinformation about COVID vaccines aimed at fueling skepticism and debates, which in turn discourages people from getting vaccinated. The medical community understands the need for most Americans to get vaccinated to cripple, if not eliminate the COVID-19 pandemic. What is it that you should know?
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
To avoid the spread of misinformation, here are some of the primary FAQs related to COVID-19 vaccinations.
Q. Is COVID-19 vaccines safe?
A. COVID-19 vaccines are safe. After full vaccination, you can return to doing some of the activities that you couldn’t enjoy as a result of the pandemic.
Q. Is the COVID-19 vaccine effective?
A. Studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing infection from COVID-19.
Q. Is the COVID vaccine available in my state?
A. COVID-19 vaccines are accessible across the U.S. Check your state’s health department’s website to learn about the COVID-19 vaccine that’s being administered and how you can sign up to get vaccinated.
Q. Who can get vaccinated?
A. In the U.S., everyone 16 years old and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Q. What’s the cost of COVID-19 vaccines?
A. The COVID-19 vaccines are provided by the federal government free of charge to every eligible person living in the U.S, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.
Q. What are the different vaccines available?
- Currently, three vaccines are authorized- Modern, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen.
Q. What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine?
- Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea, are common side effects.
Q. How many doses of COVID-19 vaccine will I need?
A. It depends on the vaccine being administered: For the most protection:
- Two Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses are given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
- Two Moderna vaccine doses are given 1 month (28 days) apart.
- Johnson & Johnsons Jansen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine requires only one dose.
If you have extra questions please contact a nearby healthcare provider. COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to normal. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.