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Vaccine General FAQs

Why should I get vaccinated?

We all want things to return to “normal” and to reach herd immunity. Our campus community can accelerate our path to normal by getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. There are many compelling reasons to go ahead and get vaccinated now:

  • Protection from COVID for you, your family, colleagues, and friends.
  • Protection from severe illness and hospitalization.
  • No more weekly testing requirement (unless conditions change).
  • Ability to meet with others who have been vaccinated without face coverings or physical distancing.
  • No need to quarantine if you are exposed and are asymptomatic.
  • Travel in the United States without the need to self-quarantine upon return.

How safe is the vaccine? There still seems to be too many unknowns.

Millions of people have safely received a vaccine for COVID-19. Read more on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page “Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines.”

How long does the vaccine last? Will booster shots be required?

Immunization against COVID-19 will help protect you from serious disease. Per the CDC, booster shots are also recommended as follows:

  • At least six months (or 26 weeks) after completing a primary Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination series.
  • At least two months (or 10 weeks) after receiving a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition to an initial course of vaccination, the University of Redlands will require that employees and students receive booster shots as they become eligible.

If COVID-19 has a 98% survival rate, why are you mandating the vaccination?

Vaccine efficacy and “survival rates” are different measures and cannot be directly compared. The survival rate of a disease is the likelihood someone with the illness will survive it, even with severe disease and/or ongoing illness post-recovery (known as “long COVID”), which can affect people of all ages. The efficacy of a vaccine is the probability it will prevent someone from catching the disease in the first place.

Vaccination has many benefits, both for you and our community:

  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine also helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • You and other vaccinated members of the community can start doing more, for example gathering indoors without masks with others who are vaccinated.
  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available, and the vaccine is an important one.

Read more at the CDC’s web page “Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.”

The vaccines do not give you immunity, so why promote them?

In fact, vaccines work to promote immunity. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by teaching your immune system to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19 and will protect most people from getting sick. A very small percentage of fully vaccinated people will still get COVID-19 if they are exposed to the COVID-19 virus (called “breakthrough cases”), but their cases are usually mild. If you are fully vaccinated, the risk of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 is much lower than among unvaccinated people with similar risk factors.

Are the vaccines fully approved by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA)?

In the United States, three vaccines against COVID-19—made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen—are in use that are either fully approved or being used under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). See the US Food and Drug Administration page on COVID-19 vaccines for more information.

If I already had and recovered from COVID-19, do I still need to get the vaccination?

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts believe your immunity will be stronger if you receive the vaccine, even if you have had the disease.  Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Can you spread COVID-19 if you are vaccinated?

While studies are ongoing, the CDC indicates that early data show that vaccination reduces the spread of COVID-19. No matter what your vaccination status, monitor your health, stay home if you don't feel well, and test for COVID-19 if you are experiencing symptoms.

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