Is the COVID vaccine free? Can I choose which vaccine I get?

DETROIT – Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Dr. Frank McGeorge has been keeping viewers up-to-date and informed on all fronts. He’s been answering your questions about the vaccine, the vaccination process and more.

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I see CDC recommends no painkillers or antihistamines before taking COVID vaccines. I took Tylenol and Benadryl before both my Pfizer vaccines. Would I likely be more at risk for COVID because of that?

No. The concern about anti-inflammatory and antihistamine medication before the vaccine has not been proven and is only theoretical. Avoid them if possible. But if you took them, don’t worry.

When can I get a COVID shot after allergy shots? Do I have to wait 14 days?

It is recommended that people separate the COVID vaccine from any other vaccine by 14 days. There is no specific recommendation about allergy shots but they are not vaccines and the same waiting period does not apply. Generally, it’s felt that people should wait one or two days between allergy shots and the COVID vaccine so any reactions to either don’t get confused.

A friend of mine made an appointment for the COVID vaccine and she was told that she would be charged a copay. Was that a mistake?

That was a mistake. There is no charge to the patient for receiving any of the vaccines anywhere.


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