Vaccine Q&A With the Chair of Medicine

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By News Team on March 25, 2021

If you have questions about the coronavirus vaccines, you are not alone. In a series of Q&A videos, Paul Skolnik, M.D., chair of Carilion Clinic’s Department of Medicine, has been answering common questions about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Watch the most recent video in full below, or skip to a particular question by clicking/tapping the time stamps.

Note that guidance from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health is constantly evolving. We will work to update it regularly, but be sure to visit for timely and regularly updated information. This video interview is from March 11, 2021.

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How has the FDA approved the vaccine? What was the process? How does it work? (0:47​)

How effective is it? (1:49​)

Explain the differences in reported effectiveness between J&J, Pfizer and Moderna. (3:57​)

Does the J&J vaccine help reduce transmission of the virus? (5:11​)

Is it effective against the variants? (5:56​)

What are the potential side effects? (7:11​)

Are there any contraindications for the J&J vaccine? (9:02​)

Is it safe for pregnant or lactating women? (9:47​)

Will the vaccine help expedite vaccine rollout since it's only one dose? (11:00​)

When can we expect vaccines to be available to children? (12:38​)

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