COVID-19 vaccination can prevent serious illness or death if infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Getting vaccinated can also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. While those infected may receive some natural immunity, the effects of infection are unpredictable and can be extremely dangerous, even life threatening. The emergence of new variants underscores the importance of vaccination, boosters, and preventive efforts to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated AND boosted.
The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is very important. COVID-19 vaccines were tested and reviewed in clinical trials among tens of thousands of people. Safety of the vaccine is continuously monitored by multiple agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and have now been safely given to hundreds of millions of Americans. The available vaccines in the US are effective at preventing against severe disease and death from COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces helps to reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are difficult to maintain for long periods of time. Vaccines work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.