Q. How is the CDC ensuring the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States?
A. According to the CDC, the U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make this and other COVID-19 vaccines available. For more information about safety measures, clinical trials, and monitoring systems, please read this CDC article.
Q. Can someone get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A. No, it is not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines. Vaccines against COVID-19 use inactivated virus, parts of the virus, or a gene from the virus. None of these can cause COVID-19.
Q. Should I get the vaccine for influenza (flu shot)?
A. Yes, the annual Flu vaccine is mandated. It is important to get the influenza vaccine, particularly this year when both influenza viruses and COVID-19 could infect people. You can receive the COVID-19 and influenza vaccines at the same time. There is no waiting time between COVID and Flu vaccinations. You are encouraged to get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available to you.
Q. Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine after receiving another vaccine?
A. Yes, as provided it has been 14 days since the last vaccination. Those receiving the COVID vaccine must wait 14 days after completing the COVID vaccine series before other immunizations are given. Please consult your primary care physician or health care professional if you have specific questions about your circumstances.