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.
How long after the vaccine does protection take effect?
I've just received the flu vaccine, how long do I have to wait before I can get my next COVID-19 vaccine?
Why do I need a booster dose?
Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
If I've had COVID, do I need a vaccine or am I immune now?
Will the vaccines protect me against new strains of COVID-19?
Are all the vaccines equal in effectiveness?
Are the different vaccines interchangeable?
Are there different vaccine side effects for adults and children?
What are the benefits of the vaccines for children?
Why risk a new vaccine on children?
Why should 5-11 year olds get a 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine?
When should I get my 5-11 year old vaccinated if they've had COVID-19?
Why do I need to follow public health orders and restrictions if I've been vaccinated?
Is it safe to get vaccinated if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant?
Is my baby protected 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?
If I'm not considered vulnerable and at risk, why should I get the vaccine?
What is long COVID?
What is herd immunity?
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?
Does the AstraZeneca vaccine cause blood clots?
What type of vaccine is the Moderna vaccine?