How do vaccines work?
COVID-19 vaccines stimulate your body’s immune response so that if you later encounter SARS-COV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) your immune system recognizes the virus and mounts antibodies to prevents infection and disease.
How do mRNA vaccines work?
SARS-CoV-2 features a spike protein which attaches to human cells, causing infection. mRNA vaccines stimulate an immune response to this particular protein. This means your immune system will recognize that protein when it encounters the virus and quickly produce antibodies to prevent infection and disease.
What is the difference between the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines?
Both vaccines use mRNA technology to stimulate your immune response and prevent COVID-19. The two vaccines have different storage requirements and time periods between the first and second dose, but function similarly. Both are proven to be safe and effective.
How does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine work?
This vaccine uses a modified, harmless version of a virus to deliver instructions to your cells which will stimulate an immune response to a spike protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Later, when your immune system encounters SARS-CoV-2, it will recognize the virus and quickly produce antibodies in order to prevent infection and disease. This vaccine requires only one dose and has been proven to be safe and effective.
Will AFI require the vaccine to return to campus?
No, as of now AFI does not require vaccination in order to return to campus. AFI’s vaccine policy may change as new information becomes available.
Should I get the vaccine if I’m a healthy person?
Yes, the vaccine prevents severe illness and death from COVID-19. Additionally, vaccinating yourself can protect others by reducing community transmission and promoting herd immunity.
Should I get the vaccine if I have an underlying health condition or allergies?
Please reach out to your primary care provider to discuss your specific health condition.
If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get the vaccine?
Yes, experts recommend vaccination for those who have recovered from COVID-19.
Can I get vaccinated if I’m currently sick or being treated for COVID-19?
No. You should wait until you have recovered and meet criteria. Please reach out to your primary care provider to make the best plan for you.
Does this vaccine cause problems with pregnancy or fertility?
No, there is no evidence that vaccination will cause issues with pregnancy or fertility. Please reach out to your physician to discuss your specific concerns.
Do I still need to mask, socially distance, and frequently wash my hands after I’m vaccinated?
Yes, we do not know yet if vaccinated individuals can transmit the virus. The vaccine only reduces risk, it cannot completely eliminate it so we must combine multiple preventive measures.
Will additional or booster doses be required in the future?
Maybe. Manufacturers are investigating how long current vaccines are protective as well as working on booster doses to potentially address new variants in the future.
What should I bring with me to my vaccine appointment?
Please bring a photo ID along with your vaccine eligibility letter or other form of documentation accepted by LA County per vaccinatelacounty.com. Please bring the vaccination card provided at your first appointment to your second appointment.
Please see the following websites for further information:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Viral Vector COVID-19 Vaccines
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Moderna FAQ
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pfizer FAQ
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Johnson & Johnson FAQ