Some people may wonder whether the vaccine is safe for them. Their concerns may stem from pre-existing conditions such as allergies, pregnancy or other health concerns. Below, we answer many of the most frequently asked questions about who should get vaccinated.
Are COVID-19 vaccinations for certain age groups?
The CDC recommends the following age groups receive vaccination:
Pfizer-BioNTEch: People 16 years or older Moderna: People 18 years or older Johnson & Johnson: People 18 or older
Please note: Children and adolescents outside these age groups should not receive COVID-19 vaccination at this time.
If I currently have COVID-19 or was exposed to it, should I get vaccinated?
No. The vaccines should not be given to anyone actively infected with COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to it. You can receive the vaccine after you’ve fully recovered, or your quarantine period has ended.
If I have allergies, should I get vaccinated?
It depends on what you’re allergic to. If you have a history of severe allergies or allergies to other vaccines, talk to your doctor before getting vaccinated to ensure your safety.
If I’m immunocompromised, should I get vaccinated?
People who are immunocompromised were not part of the vaccine trials. Talk to your doctor about the best decision for you.
If I have an underlying medical condition, should I get the vaccine?
Yes. But you should not get vaccinated if you have severe allergic reactions. (See the previous question, “If I have allergies, should I get vaccinated?”). In clinical trials, the COVID-19 vaccines were shown to be as safe and effective for people with underlying medical conditions as for those without.
If I’m trying to get pregnant, currently pregnant or breastfeeding, should I get vaccinated?
Women who were pregnant or breastfeeding were not part of the vaccine trials, so there’s no data currently available to make a recommendation. It’s important to discuss your options with your doctor before making a decision.