COVID-19 vaccines - FAQs

Why is vaccination strongly recommended?
Vaccines are the only form of protection accepted by regulatory agencies around the world to prevent COVID-19, from which more than 2 million have died worldwide to-date.
 
 
How will vaccines help stop the spread?
Vaccines work by decreasing the individual’s risk of contracting COVID-19, and also decrease the risk of the disease becoming more severe in those already infected. Thus, vaccines contribute not only to the protection of each individual, but also to that of the community.
 
Has the vaccine testing process changed due to the emergency? How was it possible to develop them in such a short time?
Vaccines are the result of an unprecedented global effort, still ongoing, and a high investment in research. No steps in the testing process were skipped, nor was the number of participants reduced. It was only the bureaucratic process that was simplified, and a great effort was made by regulatory agencies to rapidly analyze the data. The analysis by these agencies is highly professional and always aims to guarantee the safety and effectiveness of the product. Trials and tests are ongoing to ensure the effectiveness and safety of all available vaccines.
 

If I already had COVID-19, do I have to get vaccinated or is it not necessary?

So far, there is no conclusive data on the immunity periods generated by having had the disease. For now, and at a global level, the vaccines are still considered to be the most effective prevention method. In any case, we recommend that before deciding, you consult your primary care physician or the specialist who monitored your health when you had the virus.
 
Can I be infected by the vaccine itself?
It is not possible to contract COVID-19 from COVID-19 vaccines, as these vaccines do not contain living viruses.
 
 
How many people should be vaccinated to ensure collective immunity?
It is estimated that 65% to 70% of the population will need to develop an antibody response to achieve collective immunity. However, to achieve this percentage of coverage given the efficacy of the available vaccines, a higher population of people has to be vaccinated (around 85%).
 
 
Now that the vaccine is being distributed, will other prevention measures change?
No. Preventive measures, both at work and in other spaces, must be maintained, especially the use of a mask, hand washing, sanitization of environments, social distancing, etc. On the other hand, the development of all available vaccines is so recent that it is not yet possible to ascertain how long the immunization will last in each case. We need to wait without lowering our guard, maintaining all preventative measures.
Are there side effects to the vaccines?
All vaccines can cause adverse effects, generally mild. Among those reported so far in different countries are headaches, fever, fatigue, muscle aches or pain at the injection site. In very rare cases (at this time in the USA and in the UK) an allergic response has been observed in some patients, which so far hasn’t been serious. Our medical teams are constantly up-to-date with the reports distributed both by the authorities at each national health system, as well as those issued by the laboratories themselves, in order to be able to advise in the case of specific questions from our people.
 
 
Who can and cannot be vaccinated?
People with respiratory, food and medication allergies can be vaccinated and should be monitored subsequently. In very rare cases, with mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer), a more severe allergic response, controlled with drugs, was reported. People with severe allergic reactions to components of the vaccine cannot be vaccinated.

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