Lingering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? We're here to help.

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

You see it everywhere: “Do your part to stop the spread and get the COVID-19 vaccine!” Although our healthcare officials keep communicating this message, you may still have some lingering questions that are holding you back. Have no fear! We sat down with our Compliance Manager, Jodi Bunde, and resourced the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to answer some common questions regarding the vaccine.

*Please note that while the vaccine is not currently mandated, it is still highly encouraged that you receive it to protect yourself, your loved ones, and those you care for.

Q: First thing first: Where do I get the vaccine?

A: As a GrapeTree healthcare professional, we recommend that you first give your Staffing Specialist a call! Your Specialist will be able to let you know if any of the healthcare facilities you work with offer the vaccine. Another option is to visit VaccineFinder, which is an online service where users can search for locations that offer vaccinations. You’re able to filter by which brand of vaccination you’d like to receive, input your zip code, and then search within a certain radius. Eligibility requirements do vary by state, so we recommend that you check with your local health department to confirm that you’re currently eligible to receive the vaccine!

Q: I already had COVID-19 and recovered. Should I still get the vaccine?

A: Even if you already had the virus, it is still recommended that you receive the vaccine as reinfection is possible and experts don’t currently know how long someone is protected from getting sick again. According to the CDC, you should wait until 90 days after your COVID diagnosis to receive the vaccine. Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important for public safety!

Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

A: According to the CDC, all the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe and effective as possible. Millions of people in the U.S. have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.

Q: Are there side effects to the vaccine?

A: You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects include pain and swelling on the arm where you received the shot, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These side effects may affect