COVID-19 vaccines do NOT contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 and cannot infect you with the COVID-19 virus. The vaccines met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards and underwent the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
If you have had COVID-19 you can and should get the vaccine when it’s available to you. Health experts do not know how long you are protected after recovering from real COVID-19 infection, but the vaccines are thought to create stronger protection against a future infection. The CDC recommends that people who have had COVID-19 make an appointment when one is available.
No. Regardless of whether or not you have medical insurance, COVID-19 vaccines are free. There is no out-of-pocket cost associated with getting a COVID-19 vaccine. You do not have to pay for anything or have insurance to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Some people may experience side effects like pain or swelling at the injection site, a headache, chills, or fever. These minor reactions are common and are a sign that your body is building immunity. Even if you don’t have side effects, you are building immunity.
Serious allergic reactions and other side effects are extremely rare.
Any questions you have specific to the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy should be discussed with your healthcare provider.
Based on how these vaccines work in the body, experts believe they are unlikely to pose a specific risk for people who are pregnant. However, there are currently limited data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people.
Clinical trials that look at the safety and how well the COVID-19 vaccines work in pregnant people are underway or planned. Vaccine manufacturers are also monitoring data from people in the clinical trials who received vaccine and became pregnant.
Studies in animals receiving a Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine before or during pregnancy found no safety concerns.