How effective are COVID-19 vaccines?
All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States are safe, effective and reduce your risk of severe illness. The CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another. Learn more about the vaccine types and their benefits.
Is it safe for my child to get vaccinated?
Yes. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Like adults, children may have some side effects after COVID-19 vaccination that may affect their ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in children. Getting your child vaccinated helps to protect them and your family. Children 12 years and older are now eligible to get vaccinated.
Is vaccination safe if I’m pregnant or trying to get pregnant?
Based on how these vaccines work in the body, experts believe they are unlikely to pose a risk for people who are pregnant. However, there’s currently limited data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for those who are pregnant. It’s important to know that pregnant women who get COVID-19 are more likely to develop respiratory complications requiring intensive care than women who aren’t pregnant. Learn more.
Can a vaccine give me COVID-19?
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. 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. Learn more.
Can I shed COVID after vaccination?
No. You cannot shed or release any of the vaccine components after being vaccinated. In addition, none of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States contain a live virus, so shedding the virus is impossible.
What are the new mask requirements?
CDC public health recommendations for those who are fully vaccinated can be found here. Those who are unvaccinated can find CDC guidance here. Oregon Health Authority guidance for masks can be found here.
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