Science of the Vaccine - Q & A

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Will the vaccine help prevent the spread of the virus?

We know you have questions and want to help get the facts you need to make good decisions to keep you, your family and our community safe. Meet the people from institutions we trust to help us keep SMO safe and fun for every guest. 

Join News 9’s Amanda Taylor as our panel of experts answers your questions.
Panelists included:

Carlos Blanco
President and CEO 
Lynn Health Science Institute

Dr. Dale Bratzler, DO, MPH, MACOI, FIDSA
Professor and Chair
Department of Health Administration and Policy
Hudson College of Public Health

Dr. David Chansolme, MD
Medical Director of Infection Prevention
Integris Health

How do I know if I'm immune after being vaccinated?

Can I get one dose of the Pfizer and one dose of the Moderna vaccine?

Is there anything I shouldn't do immediately after being vaccinated?

Can children be vaccinated for COVID-19?

How was the vaccine developed and how does it work?

Are masks and social distancing necessary after being vaccinated?

How was the vaccine developed so quickly?

How quickly do you develop immunity after being vaccinated?

Are there any side effects of the vaccine?

Are there any known fertility issues connected to the vaccine?

Once vaccinated, can you still give COVID-19 to someone else?

What if I don't get the second dose of the vaccine when scheduled?

Should I be concerned about long-term effects?

Will the vaccine prevent the new strains of COVID-19?

Will I need a COVID-19 shot every year like the flu shot?

Why does the vaccine take two doses?

Who shouldn't get the vaccine?

When do you think we'll see a drop in COVID-related hospitalizations?

What's the process of being vaccinated and what does it cost?

Should I get the vaccine if I've already had COVID-19?

Breastfeeding and those with compromised immune systems.

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