The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines:
CDC strongly recommends you get vaccinated. The vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. If you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness. By getting vaccinated, you can also help protect people around you.
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. Typically, it takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination.
CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering, we don’t know how long this protection will last. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some debilitating symptoms persist for months.
More studies need to be conducted before COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for children aged 16 and younger.
The vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19
Currently authorized vaccines, and most vaccines under development, require two doses. The first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second strengthens the immune response. You need both to get the best protection.
There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. If they don’t go away in a week, or you have serious symptoms, call your doctor.
It will take more people getting vaccinated to learn about very rare or possible long-term side effects. At least 8 weeks’ worth of safety data were gathered in the clinical trials for all authorized vaccines. It’s unusual for side effects to appear more than 8 weeks after vaccination.
All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns. CDC will keep monitoring the vaccines to look for safety issues.
We will provide more information about the vaccines as they become available in Bayonne in the months ahead.