This pandemic has shown us how important it is for the community to work together to help stop the spread of viruses and diseases like the coronavirus disease. Wearing our masks, practicing social distancing, and getting the vaccine has allowed us to go back to a new way of normalcy. We encourage the people in our community to get the vaccine to not only protect yourself but those around you that you care for.
What are the different types of vaccines?
The following vaccines have been approved and authorized in the United States to help prevent COVID-19:
- Pfizer- BioNTech
- Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen
The CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another. All vaccines have been tested and proven to be safe and effective in helping to prevent and reduce your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Who can get the vaccine?
People starting at the age of 5 can now get vaccinated. View the chart below shared via the CDC on which vaccines can be taken by whom and how many doses are needed.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
As with most vaccinations, the COVID-19 vaccine may have some possible side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects should go away in a few days and some people may have no side effects. Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely according to the CDC.
The common side effects are:
- Pain, redness, and/or swelling on the arm where you got your shot.
- Muscle Pain
What about booster shots?
Booster shots are now available for everyone ages 16 and older. Those who have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines can get a booster at least 6 months after completing their first primary COVID-19 vaccination series as per recommended by the CDC. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine can get their booster shots at least 2 months after getting their initial COVID-19 vaccine. Boosters help to add more protection with the spread of new variants and help to minimize chance of hospitalization If you do get sick.
Have More Questions?
We care about your safety, so if you have any more questions you can get more information about the vaccine via the CDC website. As always, you can also reach out to your doctor to ask more questions or need help deciding which vaccine is right for you. We hope you continue to stay safe and know that we are always here for you.