COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others
- Avoid crowds
- Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth)
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water
- When washing your hands with soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer
Those with a medical condition can receive the COVID-19 vaccine safely. People with specific comorbid conditions such as but not limited to obesity, lung disease or kidney disease are at increased risk of severe disease when infected with COVID-19. If there are concerns or questions, talking with your health provider may help you make the best decision for you.
Allergic reactions can occur but have shown to be very rare. Some, with a history of allergies to some components of the vaccine have experienced severe reactions, known as anaphylaxis that can be treated. All individuals who administer these vaccines are trained to treat anaphylaxis if it does occur. Discuss your allergies with your health care provider prior to vaccine administration if you have concerns.
With the spread of the delta variant and possibly other variants, will the current vaccines protect me?
Some patient populations including people who are over 65 years of age, those older than 50 with underlying medical conditions and people with severe immunocompromise (recipients of solid organ or bone marrow transplants and people with some autoimmune conditions on therapy) are not able to mount as much of an immune response to vaccines. These people would benefit from a 3rd dose to stimulate their weakened immune system and prevent them from getting seriously sick because of COVID. It is important to note that individuals with normal immune systems continue to be very well protected against severe disease and hospitalizations.
People ages 6 months through 4 years should get all COVID-19 primary series doses.
People ages 5 years and older should get all primary series doses, and the booster dose recommended for them by CDC, if eligible.
People ages 5 years to 11 years are currently recommended to get the original (monovalent) booster.
People ages 12 years and older are recommended to receive one updated Pfizer or Moderna (bivalent) booster.
This includes people who have received all primary series doses and people who have previously received one or more original (monovalent) boosters.
At this time, people aged 12 years to 17 years can only receive the updated Pfizer bivalent booster.