We’ve all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing face coverings and social distancing are likely things you’ve never had to do in the past. With the recent rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, it’s understandable that there are concerns about getting vaccinated. It’s true that the vaccines were developed quickly; however, routine processes and procedures to ensure the safety of the vaccine remained in place. With thorough review of available information, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control agreed that the lifesaving benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risks of possible side effects.
First, vaccination can prevent you from getting COVID-19. The vaccines currently available in the US have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Based on what we know about other diseases and early data, experts believe that getting the vaccine will keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you.
Next, vaccination is a safer way to help your body build protection. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. If you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family and others. Getting vaccinated helps protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
Finally, COVID-19 vaccination is important tool to help stop the pandemic. Wearing masks and social distancing reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but this is not enough. Vaccination helps your immune system so it can fight the virus if you’re exposed. We need to use all strategies available in order to stop this pandemic!
Please ask your doctor for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The more people vaccinated, the more people protected. Do your part to keep your community safe!
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