Let’s learn about the life-saving COVID-19 vaccines, so that we have a shot at rebuilding our industries, communities, families and union. We can’t do it alone—we have to do it together, in solidarity.
Q. What are the side effects of the vaccines?
A. On your arm where you got the shot, you may feel pain and/or swelling. Throughout the rest of your body, you may feel fevers, chills, tiredness or headaches.
Q. How many shots do I need to get?
A. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots. After the first dose, you need a second one to get the most protection. Pfizer is 21 days after, Modern is 28 days after. Johnson & Johnson requires one shot.
Q. Do I have to pay for the vaccines?
A. All vaccines are free in the United States.
Q. What if I have an allergic reaction?
A. Allergic reactions after the COVID-19 vaccine are rare and are treatable. No deaths have occurred.
Q. If I’m fully vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask and socially distance?
A. After getting the vaccine, don’t stop protecting yourself, your coworkers and your family. Keep wearing a mask when around others at work and outside of work, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, avoid poorly ventilated spaces, and wash hands often.
For answers to more questions:
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
- CDC: Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines. [Updated March 11, 2021].
- CDC: What to Expect at your Vaccine Appointment
- UNITE HERE COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet [Updated August 12, 2021].