Vaccine FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How effective is the vaccine?
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human services, the vaccines are 95% effective in clinical trials that tested 70,000 people.

How does the vaccine work?
The CDC says years of research was already being conducted to prepare for vaccines like this one. According to, ‘The vaccine works with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed to COVID-19.’

Are there side effects from the vaccine?
According to NCDHHS, you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. You may have temporary reactions like a sore arm, headache or feeling tired and achy for a day or two after receiving the vaccine, which is normal. If you are sick after receiving the vaccine, PTO will be accepted.

How long does it take for the vaccine to be effective?
According to the CDC, ‘It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.’

If I get the vaccine can I still spread COVID-19?
There isn’t enough evidence to answer this question. Asymptomatic infection and transmission after the vaccine is being studied.

What if I already had COVID-19? Can I still get the vaccine?
The CDC recommends waiting 90 days to get the COVID-19 vaccine if a person recovered from a COVID-19 infection and was treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma. Read more here and discuss your options with your doctor.

How can I find a vaccine location?
The CDC has provided a place for you to find a location near you. Click HERE.
Visit the CDC’s vaccine information webpage to learn more HERE.

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