Vaccine Q&A With the Chair of Medicine

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By News Team on December 16, 2020

If you have questions about the coronavirus vaccines, you are not alone. Paul Skolnik, M.D., chair of Carilion Clinic’s Department of Medicine, recently sat down to answer common questions about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Watch the video in full, or skip to a particular question by clicking/tapping the time stamps below.

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 Dec. 14, 2020.

How does Carilion determine which employees receive the vaccine first? (0:31)

Who will be the first to receive the Pfizer vaccination? (1:11)

If I’m not able to take the second dose at the right time, will I need to take the first dose again? (1:32)

Should I take the vaccine if I’ve had COVID-19 already? (2:18)

If I have a known, current COVID-19 infection, or have been exposed to COVID‑19, when should I get the vaccine? (3:22)

Can the COVID-19 vaccine be given with other vaccines such as the influenza vaccine? (4:06)

Can someone with underlying medical conditions get vaccinated? (4:42)

If I received antibody therapy treatment for COVID-19, should I still get vaccinated? (5:15)

What about the immunocompromised? (5:50)

What is the guidance for pregnant or lactating women? (6:52)

Can children take the vaccine? (7:55)

Are there any allergies that would prevent someone from getting the vaccine? (8:17)

Any other updated FDA vaccine guidance to note? (10:25)

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