Should You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine? New York Doctor Answers Your Questions
Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Is it safe? Will it be best to wait and see what happens? Everyone has an opinion but Facebook shouldn't be your only resource for medical advice. Let's see what Doctor Bruce Frederick Farber has to say about the mysteries of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Doctor Farber is the Chief of Division - Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine at Northwell Health. Farber answered some commonly asked questions regarding the vaccine for The Well. The Well is a fact-based health and wellness website. Here are some answers to help you.
- Is the vaccine risky because it was rushed? This is probably the biggest misconception about the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine Study included more than 20,000 participants—a figure that is on par with the median number of participants in other non-COVID vaccine studies. One of the biggest time savers was that the manufacturing of the vaccine was done in conjunction with the testing.
- If I already had COVID do I still need the vaccine? With most infections, natural immunity is indeed better than immunity from a vaccine. But COVID may be the exception. While further research is needed to determine if this is true, it does not appear that having COVID produces lifelong immunity. However, given that the vaccine will be in short supply for several months, I do recommend that if you’ve recently had COVID, you consider waiting to get vaccinated until others have had the opportunity to get it first.
- Will the vaccine give me COVID? There is no chance of getting COVID from the vaccine.
- Is there a microchip in the vaccine? There is no microchip in the COVID-19 vaccine.
- I just had the Flu Shot. Do I still need the COVID-19 vaccine? The flu shot does not provide any immunity to COVID and vice versa. Each vaccine treats a different disease, and both vaccines are needed.
Doctor Farber goes into much more detail HERE. Additionally the CDC reports that anyone who's had an immediate allergic reaction - even if was not severe - to any ingredient in either of the two available COVID-19 vaccines should not be vaccinated.
Should you choose to be vaccinated here is a "what to expect" from the CDC.
Here are some tips for self-care during the pandemic: