In this article, we will look into 25 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Covid Vaccines. It is observed that people in many countries are reluctant to take Covid vaccines due to various reasons. It is primarily because of the number of questions they have in their mind regarding the safety and efficiency of the vaccines currently available in the market. On one hand Governments are making every effort to vaccinate their population at the earliest but on the other hand there are some group of people who are deliberately avoiding the vaccine due to some misinformation. Hence it is very important to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Covid vaccines.
25 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Covid Vaccines
1. Which Covid vaccine is best to take ?
Ans. According to experts, all the vaccines available in respective countries are safer to use. For example - if you are living in United States then you can go for either Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccine.
2. Where to get Covid-19 vaccine ?
Ans. You can go to your nearest health center to get the schedule and details about the vaccine. In many countries, you can book the vaccination slot through an app or a website. For example, in India you can book a vaccination slot through either Aarogya setu app or through Co-Win Portal(www.cowin.gov.in) after signing in through your mobile number.
3. Do you have to be vaccinated to fly ?
Ans. Every country has created its own guidelines for vaccination. But if you are flying to United States then according to the white house announcement, international travelers needs to be vaccinated before coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. More on CDC official website.
4. How long does the Covid vaccine last ?
Ans. According to the recent research, evidence shows that vaccine effectiveness can last from 4 to 6 months.
5. Where can i get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine ?
Ans. The availability of vaccines may vary from country to country but if you are living in United States then you can use www.vaccines.gov to find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer COVID‑19 vaccines in the United States.
6. Does the Covid vaccine contain the virus ?
Ans. Yes. Covid vaccine contain dead or inactivated virus which do not replicate and hence unable to infect people but still able to instruct the immune system to launch a defensive reaction by creating antibodies in the body.
7. How many people are vaccinated in the US ?
Ans. According to the latest data available, till now more than 590 million doses have administered in 50 states of USA.
8. Which Covid vaccine is safest ?
Ans. The two mRNA vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are very safe and very good at preventing serious or fatal cases of COVID-19. More on John Hopkins Medicine official website.
9. Does the vaccine prevent you from getting Covid ?
Ans. According to a study done, unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.
10. How does the Covid vaccine work ?
Ans. The different types of vaccines works differently. For example - the mRNA based vaccines contains the material from Covid-19 virus in inactivated form. Once the vaccine is injected in our body, it starts giving instruction to our cell to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus. After our cells make copies of the protein, they destroy the genetic material from the vaccine. Check more on WHO official website.
11. How long do Covid vaccine side effects last ?
Ans. While few people does not show any side affects, others can. The side effects may affect the ability to do the daily activities, but usually they should go away in a few days.
12. How many people have died from Covid vaccine ?
Ans. There are selected death events reported around the world after Covid-19 vaccination but there is no concrete Investigation data available to back the cause of the death. However there is enough data available that suggest the safety and reliability of vaccines.
13. Who should not get the Covid vaccine ?
Ans. If you have history of any severe allergic reaction/anaphylaxis to any of the ingredients of the COVID-19 vaccine or if you are having high fever during the vaccination day then it is highly recommended to consult your doctor before taking the vaccine.
14. When do side effects start after second Covid vaccine ?
Ans. The vaccine side effects are more common after second dose. It usually occurs within 2 to 4 days after the vaccination.
15. Which vaccine has less side effects ?
Ans. There are some common side effects observed in almost all types of vaccines and there are some associated side effects in specific to a particular vaccine. For example - Pfizer and Moderna shows almost same type of side effects(because both uses mRNA technology) but Johnson & Johnson vaccine might show some specific side effects. Some of the common side effects observed are headache, chills, fever, nausea or vomiting and muscular ache. Other side effects shown might be related to people's medical history.
16. Can vaccinated people transmit Covid ?
And. Vaccination does not give any guarantee that you will not transmit the infection to others however the ability to transmit covid-19 may occur at a lower rate.
17. Can you get Covid after getting the vaccine ?
Ans. Vaccination does not give any guarantee that you will not be infected again with the virus but it will help reduce the duration and severity of the disease.
18. What percent of Americans are vaccinated ?
Ans. According to the latest data, 67% of the total population are completely vaccinated.
19. Can i get Pfizer vaccine after Johnson and Johnson ?
Ans. If you received the first does of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you can get a booster two months later of either Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna.
20. Can i take Ibuprofen after Covid vaccine ?
Ans. It is safe to take Ibuprofen after Covid Vaccine. There are no evidence which suggests Ibuprofen can harm in anyway after vaccination.
21. How long after Covid can i get the vaccine ?
Ans. According to a guideline, one should wait for 12 weeks after recovery from COVID-19 symptoms before getting the shot.
22. How long does Covid last if vaccinated ?
Ans. As per the latest available data, vaccine should protect the body for atleast 6 months after taking the second dose.
23. Where is Pfizer vaccine manufactured ?
Ans. As of January 2022, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is manufactured between 11 sites across five countries, including the U.S., Germany, Belgium, Ireland, and Croatia, and engages more than 20 suppliers. More on Pfizer official website.
24. Which vaccine is effective against delta variant ?
Ans. According to a recent observational study, the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) was found to be effective in preventing infection with the delta variant.
25. Can you drink alcohol before Covid vaccine ?
Ans. As per experts, there is no evidence of alcohol impairing the effectiveness of the Covid vaccine.