COVID-19 vaccines: ASKED & ANSWERED
It’s natural to feel anxious about COVID-19 so we wanted to provide some straightforward answers to your COVID-19 vaccine questions.
We've asked Associate Professor Margie Danchin, from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and Group Leader of Vaccine Acceptance, Uptake and Policy at Murdoch Children's Research Institute, to answer some key questions about COVID‑19 vaccines and vaccination.
Why do I need a booster dose?
When will booster shots be available, and will my booster need to be the same brand as my first two doses of the vaccine?
I've had COVID-19 and am double dosed, will I still need a booster?
I'm immunocompromised, when should I get my third dose?
Should I get my primary school aged child vaccinated?
What are the benefits of the vaccines for primary school aged children?
Why risk a new vaccine on children?
How can we know the vaccines are safe for children when only a small number of children around the world have received it?
Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
Why do I need to follow public health orders and restrictions if I've been vaccinated?
How long after the vaccine does protection take effect?
Are all the vaccines equal in effectiveness?
Will the vaccines protect me against new strains of COVID-19?
Are the different vaccines, Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca interchangeable?
What type of vaccine is the Moderna vaccine?
Does the Moderna vaccine require two doses?
Why should we vaccinate high school aged children?
Are the vaccines safe for high school aged children?
Are there different vaccine side effects for adults and children?
How can we protect kids against COVID-19 if they can't get vaccinated yet?
Is it safe to get vaccinated if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant?
Is my baby protected from COVID‑19 if I got vaccinated while I was pregnant?
Are the vaccines safe if I'm breastfeeding?
Do COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility?
Can the COVID-19 vaccine impact your period?
Why should I get vaccinated?
Are the vaccines safe?
These vaccines were developed in record time. Have they been tested enough?
Does the AstraZeneca vaccine cause blood clots?
If I've had COVID, do I need a vaccine or am I immune now?
What is herd immunity?
If I'm not considered vulnerable and at risk, why should I get the vaccine?
What is long COVID?
How can I convince my family or friend to get vaccinated?
Is there a microchip in the vaccine?
Will mRNA vaccines be incorporated into your DNA?