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Viewer questions answered about the coronavirus vaccine

One main question was what the side effects include.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Many of you have written into us questions about the COVID-19 vaccine as immunizations continue to rollout.

One main question was what the side effects include.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the most common side effects for the two vaccines being administered include pain and soreness at the injection site. This is actually typical for many vaccines.

Other people may experience fever, chills, tiredness and a headache.

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The FDA also issued a warning earlier this week for anyone with facial fillers; the Moderna vaccine may trigger swelling in those sites.

Some folks asked if the vaccine is safe to take with routine prescription drugs. 

As with the case with any vaccine -- if you are taking any medications -- always consult your doctor first.

3News spoke with medical expert, Dr. Salim Surani a local pulmonologist and works in the ICU to answer more questions about the vaccine.

One of the questions we've received here has to do with whether you should still get the vaccine if you've already tested positive for COVID-19. His answer? Absolutely.
Dr. Surani says that while your body builds up the antibodies after recovering. Getting the vaccine can only help.

Another question: Is it true that people who received the vaccine still have the possibility of getting the virus?

“95 percent efficacy means 95 people will be protected; 5 people can still get it with the vaccine. Our hope is even when they get the disease, just like the flu shot, people can still get the flu after getting the shot, but we hope the symptoms are not that severe versus those who have never got the vaccine,” said Dr. Surani.

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