1. Who should get the COVID vaccine?
- Anyone over the age of 18 should get the vaccine. It is the best way to protect yourself and your family from COVID.
2. What vaccine is AHS currently administering to its patients?
- AHS is currently administering the Moderna vaccine.
3. Does the vaccine work?
- It offers great protection. Compared to the annual flu vaccine, it is twice as effective.
4. Is it safe?
- Yes it is safe. While it is a new vaccine, over 10 million doses have already been given and bad reactions are extremely rare.
5. What about news accounts of bad reactions, who should avoid the vaccine?
- If you are allergic to polyethelene glycol (Miralax), you should not get the current COVID vaccine.
- If you develop immediate allergic reaction (hives, wheezing) to the first COVID vaccine, you should not get the 2nd shot.
6. What about recent news that CA is pausing some of the vaccines?
- AHS did not receive this batch of vaccines. Also, more recent information confirmed that the paused batch is now okay to be used.
7. Will it make me feel sick?
- After the second dose, there is a high chance of side effects similar to a flu vaccine (arm soreness, muscle aches, headache, tiredness) for a few days. This is expected and can be a good sign that your immune system is working.
8. What if I am pregnant or have a weakened immune system?
- You can get the vaccine. Please discuss this with your doctor first if you still have concerns.
9. How much does it cost and where can I get it.
- The current vaccine is free. Alameda county is currently working with the state and local clinics like AHS and local pharmacies to provide the vaccine to our community. We will notify you when we are ready to make your vaccine appointment.