What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that was first identified in December 2019. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person or in some cases, through airborne transmission. Some of the most common symptoms of the disease are illustrated below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the most common side effects of getting a Covid-19 vaccine?
Post vaccination, there MAY BE some side effects like pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
If I have already had Covid-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a Covid-19 vaccine?
Yes, you should get vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Post recovery from Covid-19, you should ideally wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
How many does of Covid-19 vaccine will I need to get?
The number of doses needed depends on which vaccine you receive. To get the most protection:
- Two Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
- Two Moderna vaccine doses should be given 1 month (28 days) apart.
- Johnson & Johnsons Jansen COVID-19 vaccine requires only one dose.
If I am pregnant, can I get Covid-19 vaccine?
Yes. Based on how COVID-19 vaccines work, experts think they are unlikely to pose a specific risk for people who are pregnant. However, you might want to have a conversation with your healthcare provider to help you decide whether to get vaccinated since there is limited data on safety of Covid-19 vaccines in pregnant women.
What do I do If I have these symptoms?
CDC recommends that anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others until test results are available and follow the advice of your healthcare provider or a public health professional.
The FDA has authorized COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for emergency use in the United States. According to CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. After you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can return to doing some of the things that you had to stop doing due to the pandemic.
Since COVID-19 is primarily a transferable disease, it is our joint responsibility to control the spread. Below are some of the precautions suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) that we should inculcate in our daily lives.
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