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As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely available in South Florida, CHI remains at the forefront of the pandemic.

CHI will offer the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment for anyone 18 years or older. Before making your appointment, here is some information you should know:

    • The COVID-19 vaccine is another way to protect yourself, your family, and others from the virus.
    • The vaccine is free.
    • Even after receiving the vaccine, it is important to continue following health and safety guidelines, such as wearing your mask. Social distancing and washing your hands.
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FAQ

WHY SHOULD I GET THE COVID VACCINE?

The benefits of getting the vaccine outweigh the risks. COVID can be a deadly disease for many people, especially high-risk individuals. It can cause a pneumonia that makes patients feel very ill and experience symptoms such as shortness of breath. Getting the vaccine can help decrease your chances of catching the virus.

IS THE COVID VACCINE SAFE?

Yes. The COVID vaccine has been very well studied, and so far, side effects have been minimal. They include injection pain and low-grade fever.

WASN’T THE COVID VACCINE DEVELOPED TOO FAST?

The technology used for these vaccines was developed years ago for similar corona viruses. Most importantly, the entire world and governments pumped significant funding into developing the vaccine. Available funding allowed for the construction of manufacturing plants even before the vaccine testing was completed.

SHOULD I GET THE COVID VACCINE IF I ALREADY HAD COVID?

The current recommendation is yes. It is thought that the vaccine strengthens immunity over a longer period than the disease.

HOW SOON AFTER A COVID INFECTION CAN YOU GET THE VACCINE?

You can get the vaccine as soon as you have recovered and no longer experience any symptoms.

HOW SOON AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID (WITHOUT ACQUIRING THE DISEASE) CAN I GET THE VACCINE?

You can get the vaccine after the quarantine period. If a person has a negative result 5- 7 days after the exposure, current guidelines indicate that quarantine period may be as short as 7 days. The COVID team recommends waiting 14 days to keep things simple. This is important because symptoms like fever may be caused by your exposure to COVID, not necessarily the vaccine.

IF I CAN PREVENT GETTING INFECTED WITH MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, WHY SHOULD I GET THE VACCINE?

Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chances of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines work to strengthen your immune system so you can be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.

DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK WHEN I GET THE COVID VACCINE?

Yes. The COVID vaccine prevents serious diseases in 95% of people. There will be 5% who may still get very sick. Additionally, it is thought that you can still transmit COVID to your loved ones if you get exposed to the vaccine, even if you don’t get sick.

DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK WHEN I GET THE COVID VACCINE?

At this time, the science suggests that if you are exposed to the virus, you can become infected again and transmit the virus to another person, even if you don’t become very sick yourself. Remember to wear your masks, social distance, and perform hand hygiene as recommended.

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