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VACCINE Q&A: How long should I wait to get another vaccine after my COVID-19 vaccine?

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Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 7:34 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The NBC15 Vaccine Team is answering your questions about getting a vaccine before or after your COVID-19 vaccination. You can find a full list of NBC15 Vaccine Team Q&A’s HERE.

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Question:

I completed my Pfizer vaccinations in February. How long do I need to wait to get my shingles vaccine?

Tim

Answer: 14 days

Dr. Matt Anderson, UW Health’s Senior Medical Director of Primary Care, said individuals should wait 14 days after the last dose of the vaccine before getting a shingles shot. This applies to most other vaccines as well.

You should also avoid getting another vaccine 14 days before you get your COVID-19 vaccine, for both the first and second dose.

Dr. Anderson notes that this all depends on urgency. If this is a time sensitive vaccine for you, you should consult your doctor.

The reason for the waiting period between vaccines is to make sure you can get the optimal immune response from the COVID vaccine.

“Really that 14 days is giving your immune system time to make sure that it’s handling the one thing,” said Dr. Anderson.

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