We understand that some people may be concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on their health and underlying conditions. Below are some frequency asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine:
How will my health conditions be impacted by COVID-19 vaccine?
Answer: The vaccines should not have any impact on your underlying health conditions. In fact, those with chronic health conditions should receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they qualify and supply permits.
Should pregnant women get the vaccine?
Answer: It’s an important question to ask because we want to do everything we can to keep pregnant women and their babies safe and avoid anything that could harm mom and baby. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider pregnant women among the list of people who may be at increased risk for severe illness if they develop COVID-19. This was based on data showing they are likelier than nonpregnant women to be hospitalized, admitted to intensive care units, and receive mechanical ventilation. There is also data suggesting that there may be an increased risk of preterm labor. While the COVID vaccines have not been tested in pregnant women, based on the way they work and because they are not live vaccines, they are expected to be safe and effective. Your personal risk of infection based on your occupation or other medical conditions should also be considered in decision-making. If you are unsure about whether to get vaccinated, a conversation with your clinician may help. More information about the COVID vaccine and pregnancy can be found here on the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology website. You can also read more about the COVID-19 and pregnancy here.
I have allergies. Will I have an allergic reaction to the vaccine?
Answer: We recommend that all adults receive the vaccine. If you have a history of allergic reactions to non-COVID19 immunization or other injectable medication, we will recommend you to wait 30 minutes for observation after you receive your vaccine. Shellfish allergies are not a concern any more than any other food allergy. If you have mild food allergy, no special precautions are required. If you have any anaphylactic food allergies, our physicians recommend you stay for observation 30 minutes after you receive the injection
If I get the vaccine, will it impact the effects of any of my medications?
Answer: There is no scientific evidence that would suggest the vaccine would impact the effect of any medications.
What kind of side effects should I expect with the first and second doses of the vaccine?
Answer: Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. All of these side effects should go away within a few days of your injection. These side effects do not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity.
Will I test positive for COVID-19 if I get the vaccine?
Answer: No, the vaccine won’t cause you to have a false-positive on a COVID-19 viral test. However, you may test positive for the antibody test, due to developing an immune response. Antibody tests show that you may have some level of protection against the virus. This does not mean you have COVID-19. The vaccines do not cause COVID because they do not contain any live virus.