The Bedford Health Department has shared this list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Covid-19 vaccines, adapted from guidance found at CDC.gov and Mass.gov.
- Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and effective?
The vaccines were authorized by the Federal Food and Drug Administration only after they were shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 in clinic trials. Receiving a vaccine will help keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you do get COVID-19. The vaccine teaches our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. A vaccine can not give you COVID-19.
- Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for children?
Yes! the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people ages 12 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people age 18 and older. At this time, younger children and adolescents should not get the vaccine but this may change in the future.
- Who has received the vaccine so far?
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health posts a weekly vaccination report online. The latest numbers may be found at Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccination data and updates | Mass.gov. The Bedford COVID-19 Dashboard includes data that is specific to the Bedford community and may be found at Bedford Covid-19 Statistics (google.com)
- Can someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes! Right now, there is limited data about whether the COVID-19 vaccines are safe in people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. So far, scientists haven’t found any safety concerns for pregnant people who were vaccinated, or for their babies. We do know that getting sick with COVID- 19 during pregnancy can increase the risk of severe illness and might increase the risk of outcomes like preterm birth.
- I want a baby one day, is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes! People who are trying to become pregnant now or who plan to try to in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them. Based on what we know right now, experts believe COVID-19 vaccines are safe for someone who is trying to become pregnant in the short or long term. There is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine.
- Who can help me make decisions about the vaccine?
Talk to a trusted healthcare provider, like your doctor, nurse, insurance care manager, pharmacist, or community health worker.
- How can I find an appointment in my area?
- https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/ https://vaccinefinder.org/
- https://www.macovidvaccines.com/ https://vaccinatema.com/
For additional COVID-19 vaccine information please visit
- Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines (cdc.gov)
- Trust the Facts. Get the Vax. | Mass.gov
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) | bedfordma
Information was adapted from cdc.gov and mass.gov