As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out within strategic phases, you may have questions about the vaccine and how it is being administered. Atmore residents and business owners are the city’s No. 1 priority, which is why we continue to provide the latest updates from The Alabama Department of Public Health. Check in with our website often for current COVID-19 vaccine information.
Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
A: The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews all safety data before recommending any COVID-19 vaccine for use. In addition, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials and authorizes emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks. Joining in the safety protocols, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also closely monitoring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, ensuring even very rare side effects are identified.
Q: Do I need to get a second COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Yes. You will need both vaccines for it to be effective.
Q: If I experience a side effect from the vaccine, what should I do?
A: You are encouraged to report possible side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), as prompted by the FDA and CDC. All data is collected to review unusual patterns of occurrence so that safety is a top priority.
Q: I have an autoimmune disorder. Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Any adult with certain underlying medical conditions, or who have had Guillain-Barre syndrome or Bell’s palsy, are at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. These individuals can receive the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine provided they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the vaccine’s ingredients.
Q: Can my children get the vaccine?
A: Currently there is not a COVID-19 vaccine available for young children.
Q: Do I still need to wear a mask when I am vaccinated and respect social distance?
Q: How long will my immunity last after I’ve had both shots?
A: Experts are learning more about the natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine. The CDC will provide the public with more information as it becomes available.
Q: Do I still need to get a vaccine if I had COVID-19 and recovered?
A: The COVID-19 vaccination should still be offered to you. However, if you are currently infected with COVID-19, you should wait to get vaccinated until after the illness has resolved and you have met specific isolation criteria.
Additionally, current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Therefore, people with a recent infection may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period if desired.
Stay in Touch to Stay Informed
As we continue to progress through the COVID-19 vaccination process, stay in touch with the City of Atmore to ensure you have all the facts. If you have questions about your health, check Atmore’s health care services or a health professional. And, as always, continue to follow COVID-19 safety precautions, including wearing your mask.