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SARS COVID-19 VACCINE (SARZ koh-vid 19 vak SEEN) is a vaccine used to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19. This vaccine does not treat COVID-19. The FDA has authorized the emergency use of this vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This vaccine is injected into a muscle. It is given by a health care provider.
This vaccine requires 2 doses given 1 month 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.
If you are immunocompromised, you may get a third dose of the vaccine at least 1 month after the second dose.
You may need a booster dose 6 months after finishing the primary series.
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 health care provider about the use of this vaccine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This vaccine is only given by a health care provider. 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 health care provider if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Visit your health care provider regularly.
If you have received passive antibody therapy (also known as monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma) for a COVID-19 infection, wait at least 90 days after receiving the antibody therapy before getting this vaccine. If you received your first dose of vaccine and get passive antibody therapy before your second dose is due, wait at least 90 days from the antibody therapy before getting your second dose of this vaccine.
Cases of inflammation of the heart have been reported in adolescents and young adults after receiving this vaccine. It is not known whether the vaccine causes the heart inflammation. Talk to your health care provider right away if you are unusually weak or tired; have trouble breathing; chest pain; dizziness; fast, irregular heartbeat; fever; joint pain; swelling of the ankles, feet, hands or other unusual swelling. 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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