Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Patient Education
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COVID-19 VACCINE (koh-vid 19 vak SEEN) reduces the risk of COVID-19. It does not treat COVID-19. It is still possible to get COVID-19 after receiving this vaccine, but the symptoms may be less severe or not last as long. It works by helping your immune system learn how to fight off a future infection. The FDA has allowed the emergency use of this vaccine.
This vaccine is injected into a muscle. It is given by your care team.
This vaccine requires 2 doses given 3 weeks apart to get the full benefit. Set a reminder for when your next dose is due. It is important you get the same type or brand of vaccine for both doses.
You will get a vaccination card to show you when to return for your second dose. Remember to bring your card with you when you return for your second dose.
A copy of the Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers will be given before each vaccination. Be sure to read this information carefully each time. This sheet may change frequently.
Talk to your care team about the use of this vaccine in children. While it may be given to children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
This vaccine is only given by your care team. It will not be stored at home.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
It is important not to miss your dose. Call your care team if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Visit your care team regularly.
Heart muscle inflammation has been reported after receiving this vaccine. It is not known whether the vaccine causes the heart inflammation. Talk to your care team right away if you have unusual weakness or fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, or swelling of the ankles, feet, or hands. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is monitoring these reports to see if there is any relationship to this vaccine.
This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone. Continue to follow all guidelines to prevent exposure.
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