COVID-19 Update: Vaccines arrive, bringing new questions
As the COVID-19 vaccine starts becoming more available, University Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bryan Alsip answers a new set of frequently asked questions about how it works, how long it lasts, and when we can take off our masks (not quite yet).
- How much protection does a first shot give?
- How soon do you start developing immunity after the first shot?
- What do I do if I feel bad after getting the vaccine?
- What happens if I don’t get my second shot?
- What happens if the second dose is delayed for some reason?
- Is the booster different from the initial dose?
- Do we know how long the vaccine protection lasts?
- Could I get a different vaccine if that’s available when time comes for my second shot?
- Should pregnant women receive the vaccine?
- Should I get the vaccine even if I’ve already had COVID-19?
- When I am vaccinated can I quit wearing a mask?
- If I and my friends are all vaccinated, can we go without masks with each other?
- Does the vaccine prevent the illness or just symptoms?