VACCINE FACTS

Vaccines are one of the safest and most effective ways to combat illness. The FDA has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 

Johnson & Johnson vaccines for COVID-19 have been granted Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA.

Question: Should I get vaccinated if I've already had COVID-19?  

Answer: Individuals who have had COVID-19 should get vaccinated. Although we know some natural immunity occurs, reinfections are occurring. The vaccine will help boost a person’s immunity to prevent severe illness. Learn more.

Question: Can I trust the safety and efficacy of the vaccine?

Answer: Vaccines are one of the safest and most effective ways to combat illness. This includes the COVID-19 vaccines. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. Learn more.

Question: Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

Answer: None of the COVID-19 vaccines can give you COVID-19. Vaccines stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies to fight off serious vaccine-preventable diseases, but do not infect you with COVID-19. Learn more.

Question: Can I still become infected with COVID-19 even if I'm vaccinated?

Answer: Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick because no vaccine is 100% effective. However, even among the uncommon cases of COVID-19 among the fully or partially vaccinated, vaccines make people more likely to have a milder and shorter illness compared to those who are unvaccinated. Learn more.

Question: Can the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines alter your DNA?

Answer: mRNA provides a set of instructions to your cells to create an immune response specific to COVID-19. Doctors and scientists have verified that using mRNA will not alter a person’s DNA.  mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. Learn more.

Question: Will the COVID-19 vaccine cause serious side effects years after vaccination?

Answer: No, there have been no long-term side effects from any other non-live vaccines - ever. The vaccine itself leaves your body within 72 hours, the antibodies your own immune system creates stick around. Serious side effects are extremely RARE and most occur within 6 - 8 weeks. COVID-19 has been proven to cause long-term health problems in many people.

Question: Can the mRNA vaccines cause autoimmune disorders?

Answer: The mRNA in the COVID-19 vaccines is heavily modified to not trigger the immune system in a way that would cause autoimmunity as a complication. 

Question: Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine if I'm healthy?

Answer: COVID-19 is a deadly disease that can cause severe illness – and in some cases, long term symptoms that we have yet to fully understand. Hundreds of Greene County residents have died from COVID-19. The highly contagious and aggressive Delta variant is causing many unvaccinated young and healthy individuals in our community to be hospitalized.

Question: Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain a tracking chip and are they magnetic?

Answer:  The vaccines are not magnetic and don’t include tracking mechanisms. 

Question: Can the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility?

Answer: None of the vaccines cause infertility. This myth arose from a false report on social media. The fact is, getting a COVID-19 will not affect the fertility of women who are pregnant or seeking to become pregnant. Learn more.

Question: Since I'm breastfeeding, should I avoid getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: Based on how the vaccines work in the body, COVID-19 vaccines are thought not to be a risk to lactating people or their breastfeeding babies. Although not required, a conversation with your healthcare provider might help you make an informed decision. Learn more.

Question: Is it safe for my child to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: The FDA has authorized the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine for children 6 months and older. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in children 6 months and older. Your child cannot get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more.

Question: Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying health condition?

Answer: People with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Learn more.

Click here for the CDC's complete recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals.