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No. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you the disease.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free. You will not be charged for the vaccine if it is administered to you at a state fixed location. If you receive the vaccination through a provider, you may be charged for administration fees.
It is the U.S. Vaccine Safety System’s job to make sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Scientists and medical experts have been researching this type of virus for years, which allowed for faster creation and distribution of the vaccine. The new COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of individuals, who volunteered to be vaccinated and to participate in clinical trials. The information from these clinical trials allowed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine the safety.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine protects yourself, your loved ones, and your community, including the most vulnerable residents. Building defenses against COVID-19 is a team effort, and you are a key part of that defense.
There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines available.
Yes. Unless you are currently actively infected with COVID-19, you should get the vaccine. Studies have shown that some individuals can get the disease more than once. However, if you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Only New Hampshire residents are eligible for vaccine in New Hampshire. After registering for vaccination, individuals must bring at least one document listed below at the time of their appointment:
For any additional questions about COVID-19 vaccination eligibility, call 2-1-1.
Wait at least 14 days before getting any other vaccine, including a flu or shingles vaccine. If you get another vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine. If a COVID-19 vaccine is inadvertently given within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not need to restart the COVID-19 vaccine series; you should still complete the series on schedule.
Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. People with underlying medical conditions can receive the COVID-19 vaccine provided they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. The two COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States do not contain eggs, preservatives, or latex. For a full list of ingredients, see each vaccine’s Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers:
Learn more about vaccination considerations for persons with underlying medical conditions.
People who are pregnant may choose to be vaccinated and should talk with their health care provider if they have any questions. While breastfeeding is an important consideration, it is rarely a safety concern with vaccines.
Yes. People who want to get pregnant in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Based on current knowledge, experts believe that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to a person trying to become pregnant in the short or long term.
After COVID-19 vaccination, you may experience some side effects. Mild side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include arm soreness near the injection sight, red, or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting a vaccine. These side effects are a normal sign that your body is doing what it is supposed to do by building protection against the disease.
People are considered fully vaccinated when they are 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are not fully protected.
After vaccination, continue to:
Learn more about after you are fully vaccinated from the CDC.
Please visit the State of NH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Frequently Asked Questions or the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination.