DFA COVID Vaccine FAQ Toolkit

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Table of Contents (to guide your scrolling):

  1. Why should I get the vaccine?
  2. What is “herd immunity”?
  3. Why is the vaccine taking so long to be developed and given out?
  4. What is “vaccine hesitancy”?
  5. If I get the vaccine, will my risk of COVID19 be decreased?
  6. After I’m vaccinated, can I go to crowded indoor spaces?
  7. Once I’m fully vaccinated, can I stop wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing?
  8. If I get the vaccine and still get COVID, will I get less sick?
  9. Once I am fully vaccinated, will I be able to pass on the virus to others?
  10. What level of immunity can the elderly and immunosuppressed expect to get from the vaccine?
  11. How long will this immunity last?
  12. If there is a delay in the distribution chain, how will it affect my vaccination efficacy if I have to wait longer between my first and second dose?
  13. Am I at a great risk of infection after my first dose but before my second dose of the vaccine?
  14. If someone has already had COVID, do they need to get the vaccine?
  15. What will the vaccine cost?
  16. Are there any negative interactions between the flu vaccine and the COVID vaccine?
  17. I am due to get another vaccine; can I get it at the same time as my COVID vaccine?
  18. Now that we have two vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), which one should I get?
  19. Can I get one dose of one vaccine and the second dose from a different vaccine?
  20. Are these various vaccines the same or different enough that we should get both?
  21. I received convalescent plasma or a monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID; can I still get the vaccine?
  22. I don’t trust the vaccine because I don’t think my community (people who look like me) were represented.
  1. It’s really unbelievable that we will have a vaccine against a new virus so soon, right?
  2. I have heard that people with allergies cannot get the vaccines?
  3. Are there any underlying health conditions where it is recommended that people shouldn’t get the COVID vaccine?
  4. Is there anyone who should NOT get the vaccine due to safety concerns?
  5. Is this a live vaccine? I’m worried about getting the vaccine and passing COVID to someone else.
  6. Are there any human or animal parts in the vaccine?
  7. I have heard that you get really sick when you get this vaccine?
  8. I am immunosuppressed and/or have a high-risk medical problem: is it safe for me to get the COVID vaccine?
  9. I have heard that if I’ve had COVID and get the vaccine, it could lead to too many antibodies which could predispose you to autoimmune disorders. Is there any concern or truth to that?
  10. I have an autoimmune disorder; will I have a flare when I get the vaccine?
  11. Is it true that vaccines including COVID vaccines contain metals?
  1. Can I choose the type of vaccine I get?
  2. The vaccine priority groups are unfair — can I skip the line?
  3. How will I know when I can get the vaccine?
  4. Where can I find out when and where I can get the vaccine?
  5. What about people who were in a clinical trial and got placebo-can they get the vaccine?
  1. I have heard that mRNA vaccines cause infertility?
  2. If I get my COVID19 vaccine while I am pregnant, will protective antibodies cross the placenta during pregnancy?
  3. Is it safe to get the vaccine while breastfeeding? Are protective antibodies from the vaccine spread in breast milk?
  4. What about children?

GENERAL QUESTIONS:

Q: How do I get the vaccine?

Q: Why should I get the vaccine?

Q: What is “herd immunity”?

Q: Why is the vaccine taking so long to be developed and given out?

Q: What is “vaccine hesitancy”?

Q: If I get the vaccine, will my risk of COVID19 be decreased?

Q: After I’m vaccinated, can I go to crowded indoor spaces?

Q: Once I’m fully vaccinated, can I stop wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing?

Q: If I get the vaccine and still get COVID, will I get less sick?

Q: Once I am fully vaccinated, will I be able to pass on the virus to others?

Q: What level of immunity can the elderly and immunosuppressed expect to get from the vaccine?

Q: How long will this immunity last?

Q: If there is a delay in the distribution chain, how will it affect my vaccination efficacy if I have to wait longer between my first and second dose?

Q: Am I at a great risk of infection after my first dose but before my second dose of the vaccine?

Q: If someone has already had COVID, do they need to get the vaccine?

Q: What will the vaccine cost?

Q: Are there any negative interactions between the flu vaccine and the COVID vaccine?

Q: I am due to get another vaccine; can I get it at the same time as my COVID vaccine?

Q: Now that we have two vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), which one should I get?

Q: Can I get one dose of one vaccine and the second dose from a different vaccine?

Q: Are these various vaccines the same or different enough that we should get both?

Q: I received convalescent plasma or a monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID; can I still get the vaccine?

Q: I don’t trust the vaccine because I don’t think my community (people who look like me) were represented.

SAFETY

Q: Are RNA vaccines safe? We’ve never had one before!

Q: It’s really unbelievable that we will have a vaccine against a new virus so soon, right?

Q: I have heard that people with allergies cannot get the vaccines?

Q: Are there any underlying health conditions where it is recommended that people shouldn’t get the COVID vaccine?

Q: Is there anyone who should NOT get the vaccine due to safety concerns?

Q: Is this a live vaccine? I’m worried about getting the vaccine and passing COVID to someone else.

Q: Are there any human or animal parts in the vaccine?

Q: I have heard that you get really sick when you get this vaccine?

Q: I am immunosuppressed and/or have a high-risk medical problem: is it safe for me to get the COVID vaccine?

Q: I have heard that if I’ve had COVID and get the vaccine, it could lead to too many antibodies which could predispose you to autoimmune disorders. Is there any concern or truth to that?

Q: I have an autoimmune disorder; will I have a flare when I get the vaccine?

Q: Is it true that vaccines including COVID vaccines contain metals?

TIMELINE

Q: When can I get the vaccine?

Q: Can I choose the type of vaccine I get?

Q: The vaccine priority groups are unfair — can I skip the line?

Q. How will I know when I can get the vaccine?

Q. Where can I find out when and where I can get the vaccine?

Q. What about people who were in a clinical trial and got placebo-can they get the vaccine?

SPECIAL POPULATIONS

Q: What about getting this vaccine for pregnant or lactating women?

Q: I have heard that mRNA vaccines cause infertility?

Q: If I get my COVID19 vaccine while I am pregnant, will protective antibodies cross the placenta during pregnancy?

Q: Is it safe to get the vaccine while breastfeeding? Are protective antibodies from the vaccine spread in breast milk?

Here is a link to the official American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendations:

And here is a very user-friendly decision tool for pregnant/breastfeeding women made by UMass/Baystate:

Q: What about children?

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