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Questions about the COVID vaccine? State of Michigan shares answers to FAQs

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Posted at 9:46 AM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 23:29:53-05

(WXYZ) — As the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine continues across the country, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched a webpage with various vaccine resources and frequently asked questions.

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On Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine, you can view the prioritization guide to see the various phases of distribution. The first phase identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is Phase 1A, which includes "paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities."

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions listed on the State's vaccine webpage:

Will more than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine be required?
Yes. The current vaccines need two shots to be effective. It is very important that you get both doses within the required time frame to ensure the best protection from COVID-19.

Will people who have already had COVID-19 be able to get vaccinated?
Yes. People who have had COVID-19 can still get a vaccine. CDC recommends getting it after you have recovered. You should check with your health care provider if you have questions.

Can this vaccine give me COVID-19?
No. This vaccine gives your body a code which helps it recognize the virus, so your body can fight it off in the future.

Does the vaccine have any side effects?
After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. You may experience a low-grade fever, headache, and just a general feeling of “not yourself”. These are signs that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to, which is produce an immune response for you to have protection against this disease.

When will the vaccine be available to the general public?
The vaccine will be available to the general public when supply substantially increases in 2021, possibly in late spring. Until then, priority will be given to health care providers, essential workers, and vulnerable populations (i.e., individuals 65 years of age and older and individuals 16 years of age or older with high risk medical conditions).

View the full list of FAQs below:

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