CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A viewer reached out to us wondering if her brother should get the second dose of an mRNA vaccine after having a reaction from his first shot.
If you have a severe reaction to the vaccine, you are asked to report it through the V-Safe. All you need is your vaccination information and a smartphone. This way the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can track side effects, specifically more severe reactions. The app won’t give medical advice. But the CDC is using the information to see how people are responding to the three approved vaccines. If you need to see a doctor, you should right away.
But if the symptoms include things like nausea, a fever, aches, and pains, or chills, those fall under what the CDC would be considered moderate side effects.
So if your side effects are not severe, you should have your second dose. According to the Centers For Disease Control, you are not considered fully vaccinated unless you complete the series of two shots of your mRNA vaccine, either Pfizer or Moderna.
You can learn more about V-safe on the CDC website.
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