If someone is sick or running a low-grade fever, can they still get the vaccine?

Patient care is very nuanced, so the FDA advises telling your vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Have any allergies
  • Have a fever
  • Have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • Are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have received another COVID-19 vaccine

If you have been previously infected with COVID-19, vaccination is recommended; however, the CDC advises waiting 90 days after treatment for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma. If you are currently in quarantine due to potential exposure to COVID-19, please wait 14 days after your exposure to get vaccinated to ensure that you do not have COVID-19.

For more information, refer to the Pfizer EUA Factsheet; Moderna EUA Factsheet and CDC COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ.

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1. How do I know that a COVID-19 vaccine will be safe?
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3. What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine?
4. Should I continue to wear a mask, social distance, maintain good hygiene and avoid large gatherings?
5. Who was represented in the clinical trials?
6. Is it safe to get my child vaccinated?
7. Is it safe for pregnant women to get vaccinated?
8. How are vaccine providers vetted? Do they have to have medical experience?
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10. If someone is sick or running a low-grade fever, can they still get the vaccine?