COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ's

Q: Who can get the vaccine and when?

A: Based on the Ohio Department of Health guidelines, anyone 12 years of age and older is eligible to receive the vaccine. For details on how to get vaccinated, visit the Genesis COVID-19 Vaccination Details page.


Q: How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The COVID-19 vaccine has been given to millions of people in the United States. The most common side effects are the same as other vaccines - fever, aches, chills, and sweating.


Q: Are the side effects worse for the second vaccine?

A: A minority of people experience more side effects after the second COVID-19 vaccine. The side effects are mostly fever, aches and chills.


Q: How does the vaccine work?

A: This is an mRNA vaccine. mRNA gets into the cells and produces a protein, called a spike protein which is on the virus. Your body then develops immunity to that spike protein and helps prevent you from becoming ill.


Q: What are the long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The vaccine has been used for six months or less, so the long-term effects aren't known, but the likelihood of long-term effects are low. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.


Q: What groups received the vaccine first?

A: Front-line healthcare workers and nursing home residents and workers were the first to be vaccinated.


Q: If I’ve had COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?

A: Yes, after you are asymptomatic and out of quarantine.


Q: What is the longevity of the antibody or immunity protection from the vaccine?

A: The length of protection is not known at this time. It’s possible this vaccine will be given on a regular basis. More than 90% of the people taking the vaccine develop immunity, which is a higher success rate than most vaccines.


Q: Is it still important to wear a mask and social distance?

A: Yes, because even though the success rate is over 90%, it’s not 100%. For the remainder of the population that doesn’t develop effective immunity, wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands are still important.


Q: How is the vaccine given?

A: A simple injection, just like a flu shot.


Q: Is the vaccine free?

A: Yes, the vaccine is free. There may be a charge for administering the vaccine, which generally health insurance covers.


Q: If I got the first shot from Pfizer, can I get my second shot from Moderna?

A: The recommendation is no. Get the second vaccine shot from the same manufacturer as the first vaccine.


Q: Can I receive the vaccine if I currently have COVID-19?

A: Vaccination should be deferred until you recover and have completed the advised isolation.


Q: Does the COVID-19 vaccine contain latex?

A: No, there is no latex in the vial stopper.


Q: How soon can I donate blood after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: If you were vaccinated with an Inactivated or mRNA based COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna or Pfizer, you can donate blood once you are symptom-free.

If you were vaccinated with a replication defective virus COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca or Janssen/J&J, you must wait two weeks.

If you were vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine but do not know if it was an inactivated or RNA based vaccine or a live attenuated vaccine, you must wait four weeks


Q: How soon can you get the vaccine if convalescent plasma or one of the monoclonal antibodies were administered?

A: The CDC recommends deterring for at least 90 days to avoid interference treatment with vaccine-induced immune responses.


What to learn more about the vaccines? Visit:

Ohio Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention