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Why should you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccine can help lower your chances of getting COVID-19. The vaccine can help stop the pandemic. The vaccine protects you and those around you.

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Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

There is a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. So, certain groups can get the vaccine early.

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COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

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  • The vaccine can lower your chances of getting COVID-19.
    The COVID-19 vaccine has been tested in clinical trials. It was approved because it can greatly lower the chances of getting COVID-19. Even if you do get COVID-19, experts believe that the vaccine will help protect you, so you don’t get really sick. Your body will be ready to fight the virus.

    Help stop the pandemic.
    Wearing a mask and social distancing are not enough to control the pandemic spread. Get the COVID-19 vaccine. We need to use all the tools we have to stop the pandemic. Even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, social distancing and handwashing will be still important.

    Protect yourself.
    COVID-19 is serious. People with COVID-19 are 10 times more likely to die than those with the flu. You can spread COVID-19 without looking or feeling sick. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you from the virus.

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  • Use our vaccine resource locator tool to find resources near you by ZIP code. Learn who can get a vaccine, where to get it, how to sign up for alerts and how to schedule an appointment. 

    You can also visit the CDC website and find local COVID-19 vaccine information. 

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  • There is a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. So, certain groups can get the vaccine early.

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  • Multiple COVID-19 vaccines are being developed

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  • It depends on the vaccine you get. There are several COVID-19 vaccines in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States. Most need two shots to work. 

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  • Yes. According to the CDC, you need to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when: 

    • You’re with others outside your household
    • You’re in a health care facility (like a hospital, clinic, nursing home, etc.)
    • You get any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine 

    Anyone who has trouble breathing or can’t remove a mask without help should not wear a mask. To learn more, see the CDC's considerations for wearing masks.

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  • Not yet. There isn’t enough information right now to say if or when you can stop following CDC COVID-19 safety directions. Experts need to understand more about how COVID-19 vaccines work. Many things can affect what we need to do. For example, how many people get the vaccine and how the virus is spreading.

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  • None of the COVID-19 vaccines being developed in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are a couple of vaccines in development. But, the goal for each of them is to teach the body to find and fight the COVID-19 virus.

    Sometimes the vaccine can cause symptoms, like fever.

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  • You may be told to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even if you’ve been sick with COVID-19 before. At this time, experts don’t know how long you’re protected from getting sick again after you’ve had COVID-19.

    This protection is called natural immunity. It varies from person to person. Some early research showed that natural immunity didn’t last very long.

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  • The COVID-19 vaccine has been tested in clinical trials. It was only approved because it can greatly lower the chances of getting COVID-19.

    Experts believe that even if you catch COVID-19, this vaccine may help keep you from getting very ill. Your body will be ready to fight the virus.

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  • The term, mRNA, stands for “messenger ribonucleic acid.” It’s basically directions for making a protein or a piece of a protein.

    The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the part of the cell where our genes are kept. So, the mRNA can’t change your genes.

    Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses. It helps the body to safely protect you from COVID-19.

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