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COVID-19 Vaccine Phobia

U.S. health authorities and regulators are working out last-minute hurdles in preparation to launch a mass-inoculation campaign to beat back the Coronavirus.

According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of Americans say they probably would not get vaccinated.

Do you plan to get the vaccine when it becomes widely available? How confident are you regarding the vaccine’s safety and efficacy?

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination, per the CDC.

  • How many shots of the COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?
    • All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States need two shots to be effective. The other COVID-19 vaccine uses one shot.
  • Do I need to wear a mask when I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
    • Yes. CDC recommends that during the pandemic, people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside your household, when in healthcare facilities, and when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, visit considerations for wearing masks.
  • Who is paying for the COVID-19 vaccine?
    • Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone.
  • Why would a vaccine be needed if we can do other things, like social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the virus?
    • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
  • Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact if I have received 2 doses of the vaccine?
    • Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
  • When can I stop wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others after I have been vaccinated?
    • There is not enough information currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • What percentage of the population needs to get vaccinated to have herd immunity to COVID-19?
    • Experts do not know what percentage of people would need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19. The percentage of people who need to have protection in order to achieve herd immunity varies by disease.

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