COVID-19 Vaccine COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost for the vaccine?

No. Monument is not charging for vaccinations.

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Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve recently had a flu shot or some other vaccination?

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe to get 14 days AFTER or 14 days BEFORE any other vaccinations.

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If I have received a COVID-19 antibody infusion, when can I get vaccinated?

Patients who have had the monoclonal antibody infusion should wait 90 days from administration of the infusion before receiving the vaccine.

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Will I test positive for COVID-19 after I get vaccinated?

Once vaccinated, you will not test positive for COVID-19, because the vaccine does not contain the virus. However, if you develop a COVID-19 infection before your body creates sufficient antibodies, then you will test positive. The vaccine itself does not interfere with PCR or Rapid tests at Monument Health.

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Can I still get COVID-19 after I receive the vaccination?

Yes. You are not protected until you develop antibodies to the coronavirus. The vaccine has been shown to be 95 percent effective two weeks after the second dose. So even if you have been vaccinated, there is still a 5 percent chance of infection. The good news is that if you are unlucky to be in that 5 percent, the disease will be mild. You should recover with minimal symptoms and no lasting damage. The vaccine is 100 percent protective in preventing severe COVID-19.

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How long will the vaccine protect me?

The best evidence we have points to at least 8 months. According to Pfizer-BioNtech, their vaccine provides immunity for up to two years. Moderna recently said its vaccine should offer immunity for at least a year. The research is ongoing.

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Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Two independent advisory committees (ACIP and the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee [VRBPAC]) review vaccine safety data. ACIP also monitors post-market safety and effectiveness data for new vaccines. For COVID-19, ACIP has formed a separate Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Subgroup to provide timely evaluation of vaccine safety, both pre- and post-licensure. See more on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety.

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What are the side effects of the vaccine?

Early data on the vaccines show mild and temporary side effects like headache, fatigue and mild fever, which are all common signs that show a vaccine is working to help you build immunity.

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How long does the vaccination take?

There is a recommended 30 minute observation period after each vaccination to be sure any potential adverse reactions are addressed.

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Is this one dose or a series?

The two initial vaccines projected for release are two-dose series vaccines and are not interchangeable. It’s important that you schedule your second dose while getting your first dose because your booster must be from the same manufacturer. The second dose must be given 21 days after the first shot for Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna.

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What if I’ve already tested positive for COVID-19?

There are no known contraindications to someone who has had the virus receiving the vaccine. We just ask from a prioritization perspective that those who may already have some immunity defer to a later date to receive their immunization. As supplies become available, everyone should get vaccinated.

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Can someone with active COVID-19 be vaccinated?

We don’t have this answer yet, but expect that the answer will come with the emergency use authorization (EUA).

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Are there long-term effects from this vaccine?

This vaccine was developed using mRNA and does not interact with DNA in any way – it is quickly broken down in the cell, never enters the nucleus and thus won’t cause long-term effects. See more on the CDC website.

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Will the vaccine affect fertility?

Rumors of infertility have been shared on social media, but these are unfounded and not plausible. Here’s more on fertility.

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Does the flu shot increase my chance of getting COVID-19?

A flu vaccine will not protect you from getting COVID-19, but it can prevent you from getting the flu at the same time as COVID-19. This can keep you from having a more severe illness. It’s possible that flu viruses and the COVID-19 virus will both be spreading during that time. That means that getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever.

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