Everyone is talking about the COVID vaccine these days. I am sure that all of you have experienced that during any discussion with friends or family has brought up lots of questions about the vaccine. There are some myths and misunderstandings which people believe in. However, the truth is that in the end COVID vaccine will be our biggest protection against the pandemic. So here are the basic facts as to why getting the vaccine is important:
COVID-19 Vaccination will Help Keep You from Getting COVID-19
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19.
- Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you.
- Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccination is a Safer Way to Help Build Protection
- Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
COVID-19 Vaccination will be an Important Tool to Help Stop the Pandemic
- Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
- Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.
If you still have questions, then our CareConnect InstaVisit providers can help you answer these questions. If you have symptoms or are in doubt whether it is COVID or Flu or common cold, our InstaVisit Providers are available online and can assess symptoms, screen for COVID-19, prescribe medication, and provide next steps for care, isolation, or quarantine.