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Dr. Shah answers COVID-19 FAQs

Head of Maine CDC is making it his goal to educate the state about coronavirus vaccines.
The head of the Maine CDC is making it his goal to educate the state about coronavirus vaccines.
The head of the Maine CDC is making it his goal to educate the state about coronavirus vaccines.(WABI)
Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 4:38 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The head of the Maine CDC is making it his goal to educate the state about coronavirus vaccines.

During Wednesday’s briefing, Dr. Nirav Shah addressed some frequently asked questions.

He says side effects of the vaccine include fatigue and a fever and required some who took part in the testing to miss a day of work following the second dose.

Many have voiced concerns the vaccines have been rushed and aren’t safe.

Shah says the Pfizer testing trials included more than 44,000 people who received the vaccine who had no lingering ailments.

He says when it comes to vaccines of any nature, the side effects come months after they’ve been given and not years down the road.

“When is my turn to receive one of these vaccines, I am going to do so,” said Shah. “I have encouraged my family to do so, and they told me that they will. I’ve asked my mother to do so, and she told me that she absolutely will. That’s the advice that I’m taking for myself. It’s also the advice that I’m giving to my family.”

Shah also says when people receive the first dose of a vaccine, they will be given a card.

That card will tell them which version of the vaccine they received and when and where they will need to go to get the follow up booster weeks later.

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