COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Should I Get Vaccinated?

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.

What are the pros and cons of getting the COVID-19 vaccine vs. catching the COVID-19 virus?

Title Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine Catching COVID-19

Side Effects &
In most cases, side effects are minor, like head and body aches, fever and chills—flu-like symptoms. The long-term effects of COVID-19 are unknown, but many who catch the virus experience trouble breathing, fatigue, loss of taste and smell and much more for months after their infection.

Your Friends &
The COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of COVID-19, including the risk of severe illness or death. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older is recommended to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters if eligible. COVID-19 is highly contagious, and since many people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, you run the risk of passing the virus on to vulnerable friends and family members.

Fertility &
There is currently no evidence that any of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems. Pregnant people are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccination (CDC). The COVID-19 virus may cause inflammation in men that can affect fertility (NIH).

Severity of
Greatly reduces chance of severe illness, hospitalization or death. More than 6 million people world-wide have died from COVID-19, including more than 1 million here in the U.S. (CDC).

Are COVID-19 vaccinations for certain age groups?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following age groups receive vaccination:

Pfizer-BioNTEch: People 6 months or older
Moderna: People 6 months or older
Johnson & Johnson: People 18 years or older
Novavax: People 12 years or older

Please note: Children outside these age groups should not receive COVID-19 vaccination at this time. As of December 2021, the CDC has updated its recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines with a preference for people to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).

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 you recently had COVID-19, you may consider delaying your next vaccine dose (primary dose or booster) by 3 months from when your symptoms started OR you first received a positive test if you had no symptoms.

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?

The CDC recommends urgent action to increase COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future. The CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks.