Are they safe? Are they effective? Will you need a booster? Your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered
More than 66 million Americans have thus far been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – that’s less than 2% of the U.S. population. Vaccines are perhaps the best hope, along with following safety protocols, for ending the pandemic. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, it’s normal to have questions.
In this Q&A, Dr. Abinash Virk, an infectious diseases expert and co-chair of the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution workgroup, answers questions about vaccine efficacy and safety, and why you should get vaccinated even if you’ve recovered from COVID-19 infection.
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