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Question: Why should I bother getting the vaccine when the immunity will wear off and I will have to get a booster?

Answer: A booster shot is currently being developed. What medical professional do not know is if it will ever be needed. The best situation would be to get a vaccine that gives lifelong protection. That does not always happen with the human body. Many other vaccines require at least one booster shot in a person’s lifetime to maintain immunity.


Get the Shot! - Alabama ExtensionMarilyn Bulloch, Associate Clinical Professor, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy

New July 2021, Q&A – COVID-19 Vaccine Immunity

It’s true that the vaccines are not officially FDA approved. However, before they were authorized for use, the were studied in tens of thousands of patients. That may not sound like a lot for most people, but the COVID-19 vaccine trials included more patients than what are enrolled in clinical studies evaluating most new medications. Since the vaccines have been made available for use, over 1 billion people have been vaccinated.

More information on COVID-19 science and research is available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Get the Shot! - Alabama ExtensionMarilyn Bulloch, Associate Clinical Professor, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy

New July 2021, Know the Truth About the Studies of COVID-19 Vaccines

 

At best, there is approximately one year of information on safety for most drugs before they are FDA approved. It is not uncommon for there to be less time than that. The COVID-19 vaccines had an approximately 2-month safety monitoring period within the studies.

For the vaccines currently available to prevent other infections, very few (if any) serious or life-threatening side effects related to the vaccine have been reported more than 2 months after immunization. Given the number of people who have already received a COVID-19 vaccine, the number of severe side effects has been extremely low. When side effects have occurred, they have appeared soon after the person received the injection. While professionals cannot say it will never happen, it is extremely unlikely that any unknown long-term effects will show up.


Get the Shot! - Alabama ExtensionMarilyn Bulloch, Associate Clinical Professor, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy

New July 2021, Know the Truth About the Long-term Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

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