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Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is approved in the U.S. for individuals 12 years or age and older. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is approved in the U.S. for adults 18 years of age and older. The vaccine is recommended for most adults. Please consult a medical professional before getting the vaccine if you have previously experienced a severe allergic reaction to another vaccine.
  • Does the vaccine give you COVID-19?
  • The vaccine does not contain a live virus. You will not test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test after getting vaccinated due to the vaccine. If you do test positive on a viral test after being vaccinated, you contracted COVID-19 in another way. Read more here: Moderna COVID 19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Do I still need to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines once I'm vaccinated?
  • Yes.
  • Studies of the COVID-19 vaccines have only measured whether vaccinated people developed symptoms, not whether they got infected. You can become infected with the coronavirus and be asymptomatic. Asymptomatic people can still spread COVID-19 to others. We don’t know whether a vaccine prevents asymptomatic infections and if there’s still the possibility that a vaccinated person could transmit the virus without knowing it. It is therefore important to continue wearing your mask after being vaccinated and until we have more information about how much and how long these vaccines offer protection against infection and transmission. Read more about mask-wearing and social distance protocols once vaccinated.
  • Are there side effects from receiving the vaccine?
  • According to CDC, ( after the vaccine), you may have some side effects after receiving the vaccine, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
  • What are some of the common side effects of receiving the vaccine?
  • On the arm where you got the shot you may experience pain and/ or swelling.
  • Throughout the rest of your body you may experience fever, chills, tiredness, headache.
  • If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • What are some tricks to try if I do experience side effects from the vaccine?
  • To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot, it is recommended to apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area and/ or use or exercise your arm. To reduce discomfort from fever, it is recommended to drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly. For more information – click here.
  • How can I learn more about the vaccines to prevent COVID-19?
  • The Rhode Island Department of Health worked with the Rhode Island Department of Human Services to put together an overview on the vaccine to help you learn more. Check out their overview provided in several languages.
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