It’s been a long year of virus-ridden pandemic, but with any luck, it’s all slowly coming to a close. It’s too soon to do a victory dance yet, but as things sit, the Vaccine seems to be performing adequately. If the current trend and vaccination schedules continue, we should see a world where the COVID vaccine is under control in just a few months. On the way there, however, there are some questions left for many patients.
Frequently Asked Questions About The COVID Vaccine
We put together a compilation of a number of the most commonly asked questions about COVID to help you manage what is hopefully the last few months of a year-long pandemic.
- Vaccine Availability – The reports on vaccine availability have been changing rapidly, mostly to the good. Recently President Biden announced that we’re on course to have all Americans vaccinated by the end of May.
- Vaccine Side-Effects – Like with all vaccines, there are some side-effects to be expected when you get vaccinated. The most common is some mild swelling and tenderness at the injection site. Some patients have reported headaches, chills, fevers, and tiredness as well.
- Pregnancy Concerns – There is no present evidence pointing to concerns with pregnant women getting the Vaccine. Currently, the CDC is stating that there is no reason for pregnant mothers not to get the COVID-19 Vaccine.
- Is The Vaccine Permanent? – Currently, it’s unknown if the effects of the COVID vaccine are going to be permanent. What is known is the terrible damage the virus has caused to date and that the Vaccine is proving to be effective.
- Do I Need To Mask and Social Distance If I Got The Vaccine? – Even if you’ve gotten both shots of the Vaccine, it’s essential that you maintain pandemic practices. This includes avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, practicing regular hand washing, social distancing, and crowd avoidance. You will also be required to continue wearing your mask until further notice.
- Do I Need A Vaccine If I Recovered from COVID-19? – At this time, previous COVID patients are being advised to get the Vaccine as it is unknown if they are immune and, if they are, how long it will last. Until more information is available, it’s essential to get the Vaccine.
- Is There A Charge To Get The Vaccine? – At this point in time, all vaccines are being provided free of charge to American citizens. Those providing the Vaccine are currently being reimbursed by the Federal Government for any associated costs.
Check With Your Local Medical Professional To Get Vaccinated
Those looking to get their vaccination should reach out to their medical provider to get resources. Many doctor’s offices are providing vaccination options, but there are also many vaccination centers springing up at pharmacies and stores across the United States. This is an exciting time for those of us who have lived through the pandemic. With time, patience, and a little luck, we’ll be back to living life close to normal in just a few months.