A note from Dr. Tasha Dixon about vaccinations

Dr. Tasha Dixon.

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1. What are the chances that the vaccine will have long-term side effects that affect my health?

There are no known long-term negative effects of the vaccine. After getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you may feel some mild side effects, just as you would after getting the flu shot. Some of the more common side effects include arm pain, mild fever, or headache. But these symptoms will go away after 24 hours. If you feel any of these side effects, don’t worry. This is your body’s way of telling you that it is building immunity and that it is protecting you against COVID-19. In the end, the only lasting side effect is protection. The vaccine protects you from getting seriously ill, and from the possibility of hospitalization or worse.

2. How do I know if my vaccines will protect me from new variants that are beginning to circulate that may be more infectious and dangerous?

Scientists are working around the clock to verify that COVID-19 vaccines are effective against newer variants that may be more infectious or dangerous. So far, all three vaccines have been shown to be effective against variants, keeping you and your loved ones safe and protected against the virus.

3. Will I need to receive a booster shot, and if so, how many months after I have been fully vaccinated?

We don’t know yet if we will need booster shots or yearly vaccinations, but scientists are looking into this now. What we do know is that whether it’s a booster shot, an annual shot, or just the initial shot, it’s important that we all do our part to prevent COVID-19 from taking over our lives, our jobs, and our communities.

4. What should parents know about vaccines for children under 16 years of age?

If we want to protect all of our loved ones from this deadly virus, we must all get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines, like other vaccines your children receive, are safe and effective and help us eradicate disease in our community. Remember that only the Pfizer vaccine is available for people ages 12 to 17.

Visited Get vaccinatedLosAngeles.com to make your vaccination appointment.

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