COVID Vaccine FAQs

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Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are now widely available nationwide. Many of your friends, peers, and family members may have already received their vaccine, and if you haven’t yet, you can locate a vaccination site using the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector. If you are hesitant to get the vaccine or have questions about its safety and effectiveness, this article will help dispel rumors and misinformation so you can feel confident and ready to get vaccinated!


Are the COVID-19 Vaccines safe?

Yes. According to the CDC and the FDA, the COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Over 245 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States since December 14th of 2020. The vaccines currently approved for emergency use underwent extensive and rigorous testing to ensure their safety and efficacy to protect against COVID. Additionally, vaccines currently are continually undergoing intensive monitoring and will continue to be monitored in the future. 


Will getting the vaccine cause side-effects?

Some people may experience no side effects from the vaccine. Others may experience mild side effects like swelling, redness, and pain at injection site, fever, headache, tiredness, muscle, pain, chills, or nausea. These symptoms typically subside in a few days, and you can talk with your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine to help with any discomfort after receiving your vaccine. Remember that safeguards are in place by the CDC to monitor for any severe allergic reactions to the vaccine and staff at your vaccination site can help answer any specific questions or concerns you might have during the process 


Is the vaccine effective?

Yes. The vaccines currently available in the United States have been determined to be effective in protecting against transmission of COVID-19. On-going research is continuing to support the effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines. You can read more about the research into vaccine effectiveness here.


Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No. The COVID-19 vaccines will not give you the disease. The mRNA vaccine is a new class of vaccine that protects us by teaching our immune cells to recognize a specific type of protein found on the surface of the coronavirus; once they can recognize this protein, our immune system will make antibodies that will protect us from future infection. The mRNA vaccines do not contain any live COVID-19 virus, nor will this vaccine interact with your DNA at all. 


If I’m young and healthy, why should I get vaccinated?

Getting vaccinated is a key part of helping to beat the pandemic and help keep our communities safe. Anyone can become infected with the coronavirus and while some groups of people are at a higher risk of having serious complications, anyone can become very sick from this virus. Getting vaccinated, along with following current safety standards like continuing to mask and social distance, is the best way to protect yourself and your friends and family from getting sick. 


The bottom line is that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and getting vaccinated is a critical tool that will help us beat the pandemic. It’s on all of us to work together and use the safety tools we have available to keep ourselves and others safe, and getting your COVID-19 vaccine is an important part of this equation! Protect yourself, protect your community, and get vaccinated! 


Learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.