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COVID-19 vaccines for older adults

Published:Wednesday | March 3, 2021 | 12:10 AM

The Government has announced that the elderly is third in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it arrives on our shores.

You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting the vaccine when it is available.

Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19.

You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

Depending on the kind of COVID-19 vaccine you get, you might need a second shot three or four weeks after your first shot.

After getting the vaccine, some people have side effects. Common side effects include:

• Pain where the shot is given

• Fever

• Chills

• Tiredness

• Or a headache for one to two days.

These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Learn more about what to expect after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

Even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you should still:

• Wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth when around others

• Stay at least six feet away from others

• Avoid crowds

• Avoid poorly ventilated spaces

• Wash your hands often.

We still have more to learn about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions, so it is important to continue to follow all safety recommendations to help stop the pandemic.

Source: CDC