The COVID-19 vaccine is expected to become available to the general population in the near future. The doctors at Ross Medical Group strongly recommend getting vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to you. While the CDC makes recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first, each state has its own plan for deciding who will be vaccinated first and how they can receive vaccines. As we learn more about the distribution for the vaccine in Miami-Dade County, we will keep our patients informed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the vaccine, please feel free to call our office to speak with one of our doctors. While waiting for the vaccine to become available, we feel that it is important for our patients to learn more about the vaccine and how it works.
Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting seriously sick with COVID-19. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Learn more at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html
Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?
There are several different types of vaccines in development. All of them teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination.
After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
No. None of the currently approved vaccines can cause you to test positive on viral (PCR) tests.
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.
Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please call our office at 305-279-7677 or schedule an appointment on our website to speak with one of our doctors. Please check our website and Facebook pages regularly for updates on the COVID-19 vaccine.
All information is sourced from the CDC website. The CDC is a great resource to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines. Please check out the following link to learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html