During the week of May 17, central Iowa medical experts will answer your COVID-19 vaccine questions on KCCI.
Below are the questions for May 18.
Question 1: If my child already had COVID-19, do they still need the vaccine when they are eligible?
Dr. Chris Etscheidt is a pediatrician with MercyOne Waukee.
“The answer is absolutely, and the reason is that we are unsure what getting COVID in the community does to you immunity and how long you’ll have immunity, meaning your immunity might go away and you could still be reinfected at some point,” Etscheidt said. “You know, with the vaccine, it’s also not perfect and we’re still learning because the vaccine has only been around for a short period of time. But we think that getting vaccinated is a better way to do it, rather than getting natural immunity. So you should still protect yourself, given the chance that you could possibly get reinfected.”
Question 2: Can I get the vaccine if I'm currently sick with a cold?
Dr. Neil Mandsager with MercyOne says you should wait until your cold symptoms subside.
“I think in general it’s recommended that you wait until you are over it, any other infection, just that it’s harder to evaluate side effects if you’re sick with something else before you get the vaccine,” Mandsager said. “I would encourage that person to wait until they are symptom-free before they pursue the vaccine.”
Question 3: Do the vaccines have any impact on my child's DNA?
Etscheidt the idea that the vaccines will alter children’s DNA is just an internet rumor.
“Essentially what the vaccine does is it goes into your cell and it tells your cell to basically instruct other cells in your body to make immunity to COVID,” Etscheidt said. “What doesn’t happen is this mRNA never goes inside the cell’s nucleus, which is kind of like the brain of the cell. The nucleus is where all the DNA is housed.
“So, because the mRNA never goes there, there’s no way that it could possibly alter anything as far as DNA is concerned.”
Question 4: When will vaccines be available for children under 12
According to Etscheidt, trials are underway at Johns Hopkins in Maryland.
“The thought is that it could be this fall, or by the end of late 2021 essentially,” he said.
Question 5: Are COVID-19 vaccine dosages the same for children and adults? Do children need two shots?
Etscheidt said dosing is the same for children and adults.
Question 6: Is there a risk for contracting COVID-19 after vaccination? If there is, why should I get vaccinated?
Brian Seifert, Broadlawns’ director of pharmacy, said there is a risk of breakthrough infection, but the benefits outweigh the risk.
“There is a small risk,” Seifert said. “However, we know from the data that your risk is much lower if you get vaccinated and the severity of the disease, the chance of being hospitalized from the disease, and also dying from the disease is significantly decreased when you receive a vaccine.”
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