Grady Health System is committed to sharing accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19. Find answers to your questions about this virus, as well as guidance on how you can prevent its spread.
Do I have COVID?
Symptoms can vary. Learn more about COVID symptoms and articles that explore the difference between COVID-19, flu, and seasonal allergies.
Who should get vaccinated?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved for everyone who is 5 or older.
- The Moderna vaccine has been approved for everyone who is 18 or older.
- Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine is recommended in cases where people are allergic to ingredients in the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or cannot get access to those.
Are vaccines safe for adults?
Vaccines are absolutely safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. They met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality. The technology behind the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines has been in development for over 15 years. More than 500 million vaccinations have been administered, and the vaccines will continue to get the most intensive monitoring ever done in U.S. history.
Are vaccines safe for kids?
The benefits of the vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks. Before the CDC recommended COVID-19 vaccination for children, scientists conducted clinical trials with thousands of children and identified no serious safety issues. The FDA provided an emergency authorization to use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in children ages 5 to 15, and full approval to use it in people who are 16 years old and older.
Should I get a booster?
Research shows that booster shots work and significantly increase the protection COVID-19 vaccines provide.
As new variants, like Omicron, increase the likelihood of infection, a booster can turbocharge your body’s immune system to keep you healthy or minimize the symptoms you experience.
Where can I get information about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine?
This provides a rundown about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Where can I get information about the Moderna vaccine?
This provides a rundown about the Moderna vaccine.
Where can I get more information about the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine?
This provides a rundown about the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine.
What should I do to protect myself?
Get vaccinated and, if you’re eligible, get your booster. But even if you’re vaccinated and boosted, keep taking important precautions.
- Wear a face mask to protect yourself and others when you’re out in public.
- Practice social distancing. Maintain a 6-foot distance from other people and avoid crowds.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 15-20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw it in the trash when you’re done.
Where can I get tested?
You can find community testing centers throughout metro Atlanta.
- Click here to find a health center near you offering low-cost or no-cost tests.
- To find a CVS pharmacy near you that offers tests, click here.
- To find a Walgreens pharmacy near you that offers tests, click here.
- To find a Walmart-Quest Diagnostics location near you that offers tests, click here.
For additional testing locations, visit the Georgia Health Department’s website.