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Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

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Sep.01.2021

Synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA) of SARS-CoV-2, SM-102, Cholesterol, 1,2-DISTEAROYL-SN-GLYCERO-3-PHOSPHOCHOLINE, PEG2000-DMG Suspension for injection

What is this medicine?

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 medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

How should I use this medicine?

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.

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.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions (skin rash, itching or hives; swelling of the face, lips, or tongue; dizziness or weakness)
  • inflammation of the heart (unusually weak or tired; trouble breathing; chest pain; dizziness; fast, irregular heartbeat; fever; joint pain; swelling of the ankles, feet, hands or other unusual swelling)

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • chills
  • fever
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • nausea
  • pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected
  • swollen lymph nodes in the same arm as injection
  • tiredness
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This vaccine is only given by a health care provider. It will not be stored at home.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • any allergies
  • bleeding disorder
  • fever or infection
  • immune system problems
  • received passive antibody therapy such as convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies for a COVID-19 infection
  • recent or upcoming vaccine including previous COVID-19 vaccine
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to COVID-19 vaccine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

What may interact with this medicine?

  • certain medicines that thin your blood
  • chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • medicines that lower your chance of fighting infection
  • passive antibody therapy (monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma) for a COVID-19 infection
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your health care provider if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

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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