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COVID-19 Vaccine Q & A

COVID-19 Vaccine Q & A

New information is coming in every day about the COVID-19 vaccine. We know you have a lot of questions. Here is what we know right now.

Q. Could I get COVID-19 from getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

A.  No, you will not get COVID-19 as the result of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine does not contain “live” virus, so there is no risk of developing COVID-19 from getting the vaccine.

Q. Is the COVID-19 vaccine recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

A.  Experts believe that the vaccine is unlikely to pose a risk to pregnant or breastfeeding women or their babies. Getting vaccinated is a personal choice and we recommend that you discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider. 

Q. Is the COVID-19 vaccine recommended for children?

A.  Not at this time. More research is needed to understand if the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children. The initial safety trials included only adults. More recently, teenagers have been included in trials, but we still don’t have a lot of data. We have no data on the safety of the vaccine for children under the age of 16.  

Q. Is it safe for me to get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?

A.  Yes, you can get the vaccine if you have had COVID-19. There are no known risks to receiving the vaccine after natural infection. The immunity from natural infection is not long lasting.

Q. How long will it be before the general public can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

A.  This will greatly depend on how quickly manufacturers can produce the vaccine. The Federal government has said it expects to be able to start vaccinating the healthy general public beginning in April 2021.

Q. What is the best way to protect myself and my family until we can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

A.  Take these simple steps to reduce your risk:  wear a mask, stay at least six feet away from people who aren’t household members, avoid crowds, wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, and don’t touch your nose, mouth, or eyes when out in public.

Karen Ravin, MD

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Dr. Karen Ravin is Division Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.