How long does it take to be fully protected after receiving the vaccine?

Individuals 5-17 years old are considered fully vaccinated once two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. 


Individuals aged 18 and older are considered fully vaccinated if they have completed a primary COVID vaccination series within 5 months (Pfizer or Moderna) or within two months (J&J) OR they have received all recommended vaccine doses including boosters and additional shots for some immunocompromised people. 

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1. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
2. What are the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine?
3. How do COVID-19 vaccines work?
4. Which COVID-19 vaccine should I get?
5. How long does it take to be fully protected after receiving the vaccine?
6. Will I have a positive COVID-19 test after getting the vaccine?
7. Do I still need to wear a mask after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
8. If I’ve been vaccinated and was exposed to someone who has COVID-19, do I need to quarantine?
9. Can the COVID-19 vaccine help me even if I've already been affected by COVID-19?
10. Can I get my flu shot at the same times as my COVID shot?
11. Can women who are pregnant get the COVID-19 vaccine?
12. Why was I told to wait a month after getting the vaccine before getting a mammogram?
13. How do COVID-19 vaccines protect the community?
14. Does the vaccine have any side effects?
15. What is V-safe?
16. How much does the vaccine cost?
17. Are the vaccines FDA approved?
18. How were the vaccines tested?