VA is listening to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and this blog series answers your questions. Want to ask a question? Leave your comment below.
I have to stand in line to get vaccinated. Is that safe?
Yes, you can safely stand in line to get vaccinated as long as proper safety measures like masking and social distancing are enforced. VA and other health care providers have taken steps to ensure that everyone can receive the COVID-19 vaccine safely.
If you have to stand in line to receive the vaccine, you may safely do so. Remember to stay six feet away from others, wear your mask, and wash your hands after receiving your vaccine.
I’m worried that I might be allergic to the COVID-19 vaccine. What should I do?
If you are worried that you might be allergic to a COVID-19 vaccine, you should talk to your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for those who may be allergic to COVID-19 vaccine.
If you have had allergic reactions to other vaccines before, you should talk with your provider to determine if you should receive the COVID-19 vaccine. It is possible to be allergic to one type of vaccine, but not the others. You can review ingredients of the different types of COVID-19 vaccine and discuss your best options with your provider.
Can I get vaccinated if I’m currently receiving treatment for cancer? What if I’m a cancer survivor?
You may receive the COVID-19 vaccine safely. Talking with your health care provider first may be helpful, particularly if you are currently being treated. The American Cancer Society (ACS) notes that many experts recommend that most people with cancer or a history of cancer should receive the vaccine.
Experts are still studying whether COVID-19 vaccines are as effective in those being currently treated for cancer, but evidence suggests it is safe to receive the vaccine.
Was the COVID-19 vaccine tested on a variety of ages and ethnicities?
Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine was tested on a variety of ages and ethnicities. Tens of thousands of adults of many ages, genders, ethnic and racial backgrounds were included in studies. Testing results showed that the vaccine was consistently safe and effective across all of these groups.
Keep an eye out for more answers to your COVID-19 and vaccine questions, and remember to follow good health habits in the meantime. To keep it simple, follow the three W’s: wear your masks, wash your hands, and watch your distance from others!
To learn more, you can review CDC information about COVID-19 and vaccination.