Why should I get the vaccine?
You should get the COVID-19 vaccine to:
- Protect yourself: Getting the vaccine means there is up to a 95% chance that you’ll personally be protected from getting COVID-19.
- Protect those around you: While continuing to wear a mask and practice social distancing, getting the vaccine will help keep those around you safe. If you get sick, you could spread the virus to others.
- Protect your community: For the vaccine to be effective, we need 50%-80% of the population to get vaccinated. Although you may have to wear a mask for a little longer until more people receive the vaccine, we know that every person that gets vaccinated is a small step in the right direction.
Which Vaccine is Carson Medical Group (CMG) giving, and what ages can be vaccinated at CMG?
We are administering the Moderna Vaccine for those 18 years old and older. The Moderna vaccine is given in two doses. Once you receive your first dose, we will automatically schedule your second dose approximately 28 days from your first dose.
Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
Yes, all the vaccines have gone through clinical trials to determine safety and efficacy.
Should I be concerned about a severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine?
No, allergic reactions, including shortness of breath and hives, are uncommon. After your vaccine, we will monitor you for 15 minutes for possible reactions. However, if you have a history of allergic reactions to vaccines, please talk to your healthcare provider before receiving your vaccine.
What side effects can I expect from the vaccine?
As with many vaccines, you may be sore where injected. You may also develop fatigue, fever, and muscle aches afterward. Side effects seem to be more common with the second dose of the vaccine. If this happens, it means your immune system is taking notice of the vaccine and reacting.
If I’m pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive, can I get immunized?
The vaccines don’t contain the live virus, so they are not thought to increase the risk of infertility, miscarriage during the first or second trimester, stillbirth, or congenital disabilities. There is also no evidence that it is a risk to a breastfeeding baby. We encourage you to talk to your Ob/Gyn or Pediatrician to help you decide whether or not getting vaccinated is right for you and your baby.
If I had COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?
We highly recommend you get vaccinated, even if you’ve already had COVID-19.
If you have received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma as a treatment for COVID, you must wait 90 days before receiving the vaccine.