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CDC | NCIRD | Quick Answers for Healthcare Professionals to Common Questions People May Ask About COVID-19 Vaccines

7. Why do I need two
COVID-19 shots?

10. How do I know if COVID-19
vaccine is safe?

Currently authorized vaccines, and most
vaccines under development, require two
doses of vaccine. The first shot helps the
immune system recognize the virus, and
the second shot strengthens the immune response. You
need both to get the best protection.

All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in
clinical trials involving tens of thousands
of people to make sure they meet safety
standards and protect adults of different
ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety
concerns. CDC and the FDA will keep monitoring the
vaccines to look for safety issues after they are authorized
and in use.

8. Will the shot hurt or make me sick?
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. This does not mean you have COVID-19.
Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build
immunity. If they don't go away in a week, or you have more
serious symptoms, call your doctor.

11. How do I report problems or
bad reactions after getting a
COVID-19 vaccine?
I am encouraging all recipients who receive
the vaccine to enroll in v-safe. This is a
smartphone tool you can use to tell CDC if
you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you report serious side effects, someone from CDC will call
to follow up. I will give you instructions for how to enroll.

9. Are there long-term side effects from
COVID-19 vaccine?
Because all COVID-19 vaccines are new, it will take more
time and more people getting vaccinated to learn about
very rare or possible long-term side effects. The good news
is, at least 8 weeks' worth of safety data were gathered in the
clinical trials for all the authorized vaccines, and it's unusual
for vaccine side effects to appear more than 8 weeks after
vaccination.

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