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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

AdventHealth answers common questions, concerns about COVID-19 vaccine

AdventHealth Ocala continues to stress the importance of Marion County residents receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The organization took to social media to answer commonly asked questions and provide general information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are approved for adults 18 and over, while Pfizer can be administered to anyone over the age of 12. Pfizer and Moderna require two doses: While the first dose builds immunity, the second provides “more protection,” according to the company. 

The organization says that each vaccine has been determined to be safe, and recommends consulting your doctor to determine “which might be best.”

For those that are immunocompromised, AdventHealth says the vaccine has been determined to be safe by federal guidelines reviewed by the AdventHealth “Scientific Committee.”

Although some people have reported mild side effects after receiving the vaccine, including “arm soreness, headaches, fever, and chills,” health professionals say the symptoms “go away on their own within a week.” 

AdventHealth says that “current studies show that current vaccines do provide some protection against” variants of the virus, which represent a growing number of cases. 

For those that have had COVID-19, the organization still recommends getting the vaccine and says it “will help prevent a potential reinfection.” 

For more information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine locator webpage.