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Common questions about
The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

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Common questions about
The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

It is true that vaccines often have side effects, but those are typically temporary (like a sore arm, low fever, muscle aches and pains) and go away after a day or two.

No, it is not possible for the mRNA vaccines to impact a person’s DNA in any way. mRNA is a piece of genetic code that tells the muscle cells to make the spike protein from SARS-CoV-2 and display it for the immune system to see. It’s like a recipe for making food, with step by step instructions to follow. The vaccine doesn’t have any real ingredients that could cause infection, just the instructions. The vaccine goes to work in the outer part of muscle cells, and does not cross into the nucleus where people’s DNA is located. You may also know that the mRNA vaccines need to be stored at very cold temperatures to keep them stable. This is because when they heat up, the mRNA starts to fall apart. Once the vaccine is given to a person, it starts to heat up in the body and dissolves within 1-3 days.

Yes. People who want to get pregnant in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Experts believe that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to a person trying to become pregnant in the short or long term. There is currently no evidence that antibodies formed from COVID-19 vaccination cause any problems with pregnancy. In addition, there is no evidence suggesting that fertility problems are a side effect of ANY vaccine. If I receive the vaccine, how do I treat any side effects? A: Rest, and in some cases, over-the-counter medication (example: acetaminophen) might help if you have a fever or aches and pains. These medicines should not be used before getting a vaccine, only afterward to treat side effects.

Rest, and in some cases, over-the-counter medication (example: acetaminophen) might help if you have a fever or aches and pains. These medicines should not be used before getting a vaccine, only afterward to treat side effects.

The risk of allergic reaction is extremely low. If you have a history of allergic reactions or anaphylaxis before getting other vaccines, talk to your doctor before getting a COVID vaccine. There are guidelines in place that may require you to be observed longer after vaccination in the event of a reaction so that it can be immediately treated.