COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

*This advice is current as of August 9, 2021. Content is subject to change as new information becomes available. Please check back regularly.

This page contains answers to common patient and provider questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

It includes links to helpful information sheets, posters, and videos you can read and share with patients and colleagues.

Tools and scripts are also available to help identify and guide the vaccine discussion with hesitant or unvaccinated patients.

Other key sources for common questions

Common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

How do I know that the vaccines are safe and that the development was not rushed?

Who should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Do I have to get the same vaccine for the second dose as I received for the first dose?

I’ve recovered from COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?

Can the COVID-19 vaccine give me a coronavirus infection?

How effective are the COVID-19 vaccines? Do they work against the new COVID-19 mutants/variants?

Can the mRNA vaccines mess with genes or change DNA?

Do the vaccines cause infertility?

Should pregnant or breastfeeding individuals be offered the vaccine?

Should individuals who are immunosuppressed or have an autoimmune disorder get the vaccine?

Should patients who received the AstraZeneca vaccine be worried about side effects?

What do we know about possible heart inflammation after COVID-19 vaccination?


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