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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

If vaccinated people are still catching COVID-19 and getting sick, why should I get the vaccine?

More than 99% of COVID-19 deaths were among the unvaccinated. More than 97% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 are not vaccinated. The vaccine significantly reduces your risk of going to the hospital and dying of COVID-19.

Is the vaccine safe to get while pregnant or if I want to get pregnant?

Yes. There is no evidence that shows that the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility problems in men or women. Data show there is not an increased risk of miscarriage among people who received the vaccine. The CDC recommends all pregnant or breastfeeding people get the vaccine.

How long will the vaccine protect me from COVID-19?

Researchers don’t know how long the vaccine will protect you from getting COVID-19. But research shows that the vaccine will help keep you out of the hospital if you catch COVID-19. The vaccine is better protection than antibodies you developed if you already had COVID-19.

If I’m vaccinated, why do I still have to wear a mask?

Vaccinated people should wear masks indoors and in crowds outdoors. It is still possible for vaccinated people to carry the virus and spread it to others.

Is the vaccine safe for my child?

The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for everyone 12 and older. People 16 and older can get the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Children may experience mild side effects from the vaccine that will go away within a day or two. Pfizer clinical trials show that their vaccine is safe for children 5-11. But the FDA has not approved it yet for this age group.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m sick with the virus?

Wait to get the vaccine until after you recover from COVID-19 and come out of isolation. Do not get the vaccine if you are still sick because you could spread it to people around you. But once you are out of isolation, you can get the vaccine.

Where can I get the vaccine, and do I need insurance?

The vaccine is free to everyone who is eligible. You do not need health insurance.

Anyone 12 and older can get the vaccine at Walgreens, CVS, H-E-B, Walmart or Sam’s Club. You can also get it from your health care provider or local pharmacy. University Health offers the COVID-19 vaccine at our pharmacies. Find COVID-19 vaccines near you.