COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ's
Q. Will people who already had COVID-19 be able to get vaccinated?
A. Yes. People who already had COVID-19 can still get a vaccine. The CDC recommends getting it after you have recovered. Check with your healthcare provider if you have questions.
Q. How can a safe vaccine be made so quickly?
A. Vaccine development typically takes many years. Scientists had already begun research for the coronavirus vaccines during previous outbreaks caused by related coronaviruses, and that earlier research provided a head start for rapid development of vaccines to protect against infection with COVID-19. No steps were skipped in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine that would sacrifice safety.
Q. If I already had COVID-19 should I get vaccinated? Shouldn't I already be immune?
A. You should still get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if you have had COVID-19. There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this.
Q. Can this vaccine give me COVID-19? Can I get other vaccines at the same time?
A. This vaccine will not give you COVID-19. It gives your body a code which helps it recognize the virus, so you can fight off the virus in the future. The CDC recommends that no other vaccine be given 14 days before or after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Q. Do I need to keep wearing a mask after I get vaccinated?
A. Yes. Continue to wear a mask, social distance from those outside your immediate household, and wash hands frequently, even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.