Vaccine FAQs

Yes. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has now approved three vaccines for emergency use in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. The two-shot Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use ‘mRNA’ material to send a message for our cells to produce a single protein to stimulate our immune system. The single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a ‘spike protein’. Learn details by visiting the federal Centers for Disease Control website:

No. None of the vaccines are able to alter your DNA. All three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease.

No, you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine; however, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. This means it is possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

Beginning April 5, 2021, everyone in Michigan ages 1 and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations free of charge. Vaccinations are available at a number of locations across the City of Detroit, and at the TCF Center. You may schedule an appointment by calling:  (313) 230-0505. Translation services are available for those who speak Spanish.

The goal for the vaccine is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.  Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

The CDC has recommended that pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant may be offered the vaccine, in consultation with their health care provider.

Yes. Individuals should continue to wear masks, social distance from those not in their household and wash their hands, even after receiving vaccine. You can spread the disease even if you have been vaccinated and even if you do not have symptoms.

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they had COVID-19 before.

The vaccines may not provide full coverage against all of the new variants, but they DO prevent serious illness and death. Additional research is ongoing about vaccines to prevent variants of COVID-19.

Additional vaccinations may be needed in the future.