I’m worried about...
“Help me understand the Omicron variant and how it’s different.”
Omicron is basically the same, but has a few key differences from Delta, and the previous variants. Here are the 3 key ways it’s different:
“I’m worried that the vaccine will affect my period.”
Good news here! They’ve been looking into this in a few studies, and it looks like it might temporarily affect the one cycle when you get the vaccine, and then you’ll be back to normal.
“I just want to understand how the vaccine was developed. I’m worried that the vaccine was developed too quickly and isn’t safe.”
We can understand why it might be concerning! We really like this example that explains how they made this vaccine. Our big takeaway was that it’s not that different from past vaccines, and they’ve been looking at mRNA vaccines for a looong time.
“I’m worried about all the side effects of the vaccine.”
That’s understandable - some people have mild side effects. Side effects might include: fever, headache, fatigue, and pain in your arm where you got the vaccine, but these go away after a few days!
“I don’t know about the long term effects of the vaccine, so I’m not gonna risk it”
That’s a fair concern since we are just experiencing COVID-19 now and we can’t predict the future. However, we do know what the side effects are now, and severe side effects have been very, very rare in young people.
“I’m worried that I shouldn’t get the vaccine because I’m pregnant.” “I’m worried that if I get the vaccine I won’t be able to have children.”
The bottom line: it is SAFE to get the vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding, or thinking about having children. In fact, the vaccine protects moms from getting COVID-19, and mothers may also pass on some protection against the virus to their newborns.
“I’m worried that the vaccine will alter my DNA.”
“I want to know more about long COVID.”
Here are the symptoms: some people develop a variety of mid- and long-term effects including fatigue, breathlessness, and lack of mental focus and clarity.
People who are vaccinated are less likely to get COVID-19, and therefore, less likely to get long-covid.
The research behind all this is ongoing, and we’ll continue to learn more! Here’s where we're looking for information, we like their Q&A.