Now is the time to stop new, more contagious COVID-19 variants from spreading. Get the facts, then get the vaccine.
Your questions answered:
Today’s vaccines are based on many years of research into vaccine technologies, further supported by unprecedented levels of collaboration and funding. Testing was thorough and comprehensive; no corners were cut.
Yes. There is no evidence that the vaccine can lead to loss of fertility, say experts at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
If you are pregnant, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, pregnant women are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 and their babies are more likely to be born prematurely — so getting vaccinated can protect both you and your baby.
Based on how these vaccines work in the body, experts believe they are unlikely to pose a risk to women who are pregnant. Furthermore, no safety concerns have been identified based on the data available from pregnant women who have been vaccinated. If you are pregnant and have questions, talk with your health care provider.
If you are breastfeeding, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Based on how these vaccines work in the body, they are thought not to be a risk to you or your baby. Reports show that the mRNA vaccines might also help protect breastfeeding babies.
Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine has been well-studied among those ages 12 to 15. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have long recommended that adolescents and teens receive other vaccines, too, like influenza and meningitis.
Yes. Vaccines work by stimulating an immune response. Other medications work using an entirely different mechanism — so there is no interaction between the vaccine and any medications you might take. If you are taking medicines that weaken your immune system, you should talk to your health care provider.
No. None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. It’s normal to experience pain or redness on your arm where the shot was given, or sometimes tiredness, fever, or a headache for a day or two. This means your body is building protection against the virus.