BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Mallika Marshall answers your medical questions about the coronavirus vaccine. If you have a question, send her an email or send her a message on Facebook or Twitter.
Dr. Mallika gives her best advice, but as always, consult your personal health care professional before making any decisions about your personal health.
Cindy writes: “I was wondering if my husband and I still have to spray mail and parcels that come into the house when we are fully vaccinated? Do we have to wash our hands after handling the mail and parcels? “
If you are fully vaccinated and not immunocompromised, you have very little risk of actually developing COVID-19. So you don’t have to keep wiping packages or groceries like we all did at the start of the pandemic. However, you should continue to wash your hands regularly to reduce the chance of other respiratory viruses, such as those that can cause a cold.
Don writes on Facebook: “I have a history of blood clots in my feet and legs. Would it be safe to get COVID vaccinations? “
In general, you can and should get vaccinated against COVID-19, even if you have had blood clots in the past. Here in the US, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is the only one that has been linked to a very rare form of blood clot, but the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines are not. Also, COVID-19 can cause blood clots on its own, which can be fatal, so please get vaccinated.
Another question from Facebook. Paul writes: “My wife and I just got the J&J vaccine. I have no pain from the injection, but I have sciatica. Is it okay to take Advil or Tylenol now? “
Sorry for the late reply. Yes, if you have pain after vaccination, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. Hope you feel better
Patricia von Peabody writes: “Our 50 year old son and our 12 year old grandson are planning to visit us in July from California. You are not vaccinated and you are not going to be vaccinated. All other members of our immediate family are fully vaccinated. Is there a risk of COVID infection if we stay in a single apartment?
It is very unlikely that someone who has been fully vaccinated is at significant risk of infection unless you are immunocompromised and therefore may not have developed a good immune response to the vaccine. However, the unvaccinated family members are still at risk and should continue to wear masks and social distancing, especially when in the presence of other unvaccinated individuals.