Will the vaccine be live or inactivated?

None of the three authorized vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19.

Messenger RNA vaccines – also called mRNA vaccines – are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19. They teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies.

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is a viral vector vaccine. Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a different virus (the vector) to deliver important instructions to our cells.

You can learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines from the CDC.

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1. When will I get my vaccine?
2. Where can I get the latest information regarding vaccine distribution in Minnesota?
3. Is the vaccine safe?
4. How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?
5. Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?
6. How long does it take after getting the COVID-19 vaccine until you have protection?
7. What if I have a weakened immune system?
8. How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
9. Will the vaccine be live or inactivated?
10. What are the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines?
11. Do I need to get the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered?
12. Which last longer, immunity after getting COVID-19 or protection from COVID-19 vaccines?
13. Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received two doses of the vaccine?
14. Can the COVID-19 vaccine affect women’s fertility?
15. Where can I learn more about the available vaccines?
16. How do I find a record of my vaccination?