With the COVID-19 vaccination rolling out, many healthcare workers have a lot of questions. If you’re next in line for a vaccination, you may be wondering about some of the most common questions and answers available. If you haven’t received yours yet, here is an FAQ that will help put your mind at ease before your next cross-country RN travel job.
When Will We Reach Herd Immunity?
There isn’t yet an exact number that we need to reach, but herd immunity occurs when enough people have achieved immunity through vaccines or natural exposure. The CDC and other experts are still studying the spread and effect of COVID-19 and will release the data as soon as it’s available.
What is in the COVID-19 Vaccine?
There are two vaccines currently available in the United States:
Neither contains eggs, latex, or preservatives. You can review the complete ingredients and the provided links.
How Much Does the Vaccine Cost?
The cost of the vaccine itself has been paid for by US Tax dollars. However, your healthcare provider may charge for the injection administration, so check with them for more details.
If I Recovered from COVID-19, Do I Still Need the Vaccination?
Current evidence suggests that people who have already recovered from COVID-19 may still contract the virus at another time. For this reason, everyone is encouraged to get the vaccination when it’s available.
Do I Still Need to Maintain Physical Distancing After the Vaccine?
It is still recommended that people who have received both doses of the vaccine should continue to practice safe social distancing, wash or sanitize their hands frequently, and wear a mask. It will take some time to ensure immunity is achieved.
How is the Vaccine Administered?
Both versions of the vaccine require two doses. When you get your first dose, you will need to schedule a second injection at the recommended time frame.
Is the Vaccine Safe?
Despite the speed by which the vaccine was developed, it underwent vigorous testing and is safe for the public.
What Are the Risks?
Because the vaccine has been tested and is considered safe, most people will be able to receive it. In very rare cases, underlying medical conditions may mean you cannot get the vaccination but always talk to your doctor before making a decision. Allergic reactions can happen, but they have been rare.
When Can I Get Vaccinated?
Due to the manufacturing and distribution of vaccines, states have created priority programs. Check with your healthcare provider to determine when you may make an appointment for the vaccine.
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