On January 6 and 13, CMS and the CDC co-hosted the first in a series of fireside chats on COVID-19 vaccine safety. Additional chats will be held on January 20, and 27 at 4 p.m. ET. Below are a highlights from those already held.
CMS/CDC Fireside Chat (January 6, 2021)
What is the difference between the two COVID-19 vaccines?
The major difference is the cold storage requirement (minus 75 degrees Celsius) of the Pfizer vaccine and its expiration after five days of refrigeration. There are minor differences in dosage and timing – with Moderna's administered as two 100-microgram doses given 28 days apart and Pfizer's administered as two 30-microgram doses given 21 days apart.
Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain the virus?
No, the virus acts like an avatar. It makes the virus seem as if it is already in the body.
How can we be sure the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?
Multiple U.S. partners are working together to ensure the safety of these vaccines, imploring measures to include expedited clinical trials and extensive vaccine safety monitoring. Learn more via the CDC.gov website, Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States.
Can the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility?
Will the COVID-19 vaccines alter my DNA?
Were the COVID-19 vaccines tested on individuals of different races?
Black, Hispanic, Asian, and American Indian representatives were included in trials. According to Newsday.com, they were represented as follows:
* Black (13% U.S. population): 10% U.S. Pfizer participants; 10% Moderna participants
* Hispanic (<19% U.S. population): 13% U.S. Pfizer participants; 20% Moderna participants
* Asian (6% U.S. population): About 6% Pfizer participants; 4% Moderna participants
* American Indian: Pfizer participation similar to U.S. population; Moderna information not provided.
Source: Minority numbers up in clinical trials (December 7, 2020)
Out of 5 million vaccinations, only 29 severe reactions have been reported.
If you have had COVID-19 do you still need to be vaccinated?
Yes, studies are in the works to determine how long you might be immune to the virus.
CMS/CDC Fireside Chat (January 13, 2021)
Does the vaccine contain any fetal cells?
If you already tested positive is there a timeline for getting vaccinated?
No, but it is recommended you get vaccinated.
How long do you need to be monitored after getting the shot?
For most people, 15 minutes. If you've had allergic reactions in the past, wait 30 minutes.
Should you continue to wear a mask after you both shots?
Yes, you could be a carrier. But, if you are exposed after both shots, you shouldn't have to quarantine.
Does the vaccine contain aspirin in it?
No, nor does it have aluminum or preservatives.
How often will people need to get vaccinated?
It is too early to tell.
Why are children not receiving the vaccinations?
The vaccines were fully-trialed on those age 18 and up. Trials began in October in children as young as 12, but trials are expected to continue for several more months.
—Tune into additional CMS/CDC fireside chats for more Q&A. Also, consider these additional resources: