Other Vaccine FAQs

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If I had a positive COVID-19 test previously, believe I already had COVID-19 or have had a positive antibody test, should I still get the vaccine?

The study excluded participants who were immunocompromised and those who had previous diagnosis of COVID-19 disease. We hope that the EUA will provide more direction for this situation.

If I am breast feeding or pregnant, can I still get the vaccine?

  • Manufacturers that are testing the vaccines in clinical trials have so far not included pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding.
  • Many individuals in these situations have historically not been studied in clinical trials and still receive vaccines.

If I have had an allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past, should I still get the vaccine?

  • There is a remote chance that there could be a severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine, which could include: difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, fast heartbeat, rash, dizziness, and weakness.
  • You should not get the vaccine if you had a severe allergic reaction to a past dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or any of the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine.

Is this vaccine like the flu vaccine? Will I need to get vaccinated again next year?

The world is still learning how long immunity to the coronavirus lasts after a vaccination. Intensive monitoring and evaluation will continue after the vaccines are in use to determine if repeat immunizations will be needed.

What is the cost of the vaccine?

The vaccines are free of charge to the recipient. The government is providing the vaccine free of charge and the University is covering the costs of administering the vaccine.