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Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered

Health care workers talk about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Latinx doctors, nurses and promotoras provide credible information and dispel myths about the COVID-19 vaccines.

I would say the biggest concerns that people have, number one, “Do the vaccines work?” And they do extremely well, amazingly well, and number two, “Are they safe?” People feel like this vaccine was developed so fast, how can it be good and safe, right? But the science was already there, and the infrastructure was already there. No corners were cut. There were no shortcuts. We did all the things that we would normally do. We just did it all, essentially at the same time and everyone was working on it. So that’s why it happened quickly. I want my vaccines to do two things. Number one, I want them to keep me from getting the illness, the disease, the virus, and number two, if the virus makes it through, I want my vaccine to save my life. The other thing that everybody wants to understand is side effects. You know, there are side effects for many people, so people kind of get scared about that. And I get that. I wouldn’t recommend anything that I wouldn’t do myself. I’m deadly afraid and allergic to needles. I cannot, you know, I can share that with you completely. Then I got my shot, redness, some soreness. I was not feeling that shabby that day. I had a little bit of fever and by the next day I was done. And the second dose was the same story. If they get those reactions is like their bodies, it’s doing its work. It’s a good thing if your body is reacting, so your body is doing what it is supposed to do. The vaccines will not give you COVID-19. I’m going to say that again. They will not give you COVID-19. They don’t have the virus itself in the vaccine. There’s like a fire hose of information that’s coming at people and it’s really hard for people to sort out what can I rely on? And what’s not true? There’s no microchip. No one is going to put a microchip in, when you get the vaccine. I will show you the microchip that I already have. Give me one second. This is my microchip. It’s a cell phone. They don’t need to give me a microchip to actually add me anything in my brain. It does not change your DNA. None of the vaccines that have been out there has that capability of doing that. Because of my own experience already have taken both vaccines, so it makes it easier for me to talk to them and say, “Nothing has happened to me, like I haven’t changed.” You can always ask questions. Feel comfortable to ask the questions. If you’re afraid, let them know you’re afraid and tell them why you’re afraid and let us provide you the information that you need. There’s a lot of doubts about families’ immigration status, “Will they ask me for documentation?” You absolutely can get the vaccine if you are undocumented, we know that is not a barrier. And anyone that tells you otherwise is wrong and needs to be reported. This is available for everybody, regardless of the immigrant status. Getting a vaccination cannot be used as a public charge or any other limitation to someone’s ability to achieve permanent residency in the future or even citizenship. The vaccines are totally free. They’re paid for by the government. The vaccine is free. It is 100% free. You don’t have to have insurance to get the vaccines. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have insurance. It’s available for everyone. It’s safe to do it and it works. It is one of the most effective tools that we have, to protect ourselves, our families…

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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