Vaccines to prevent COVID-19 are perhaps the best hope for ending the pandemic. While vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure that any vaccine that is approved for use is safe. Among the many reasons to get vaccinated when the opportunity arises are the following facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Keep one from getting COVID-19…All COVID-19 vaccines currently available have shown to be very effective at preventing the highly contagious virus. Early trial data suggest getting vaccinated also may help prevent serious illness even if you get COVID-19.
Helps build protection…Vaccines must be shown safe and effective before being authorized or approved for use. The risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any risks of vaccination. COVID-19 vaccination will help create an immune system response without you having to experience sickness.
Important to stopping the pandemic…Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce the chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. The combination of getting vaccinated and following recommendations to protect yourself and others offers the best protection from COVID-19.
More information about COVID-19 vaccines is available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/vaccines.