Why Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine?
It’s a question being asked a lot right now: Why get vaccinated for COVID-19? Many people assume they are not at much risk for severe illness caused by COVID-19, so getting vaccinated isn’t necessary for them. However, it’s important to remember two things when considering risk:
- COVID-19 affects everyone differently—it may affect you to a more serious degree than you think.
- Even if you don’t get too sick or feel unwell at all, you may spread it to someone who could become severely ill or even die.
Vaccination is one of the best tools we have to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19.
All COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19.
All COVID-19 vaccines are carefully evaluated in clinical trials—just like all other vaccines—and are authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely that you will get COVID-19.
Even if you do get COVID-19, data from clinical trials show that the vaccines will keep you from getting severely ill.
Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you.
You can start doing more once you’re vaccinated.
Once you’re vaccinated, you may be able to get back to some of the things you haven’t been able to do since the pandemic began. As an example, you’ll be able to gather indoors without masks with other fully vaccinated people.
You will also be able to relax certain other precautions. In most cases, fully vaccinated people do not have to quarantine after an exposure to a person infected with COVID-19, unless they begin having symptoms, which is one less worry when it comes to work or socializing.
Keep in mind that we are still learning about how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. Until more is known, fully vaccinated people should keep following precautions in public places: wear a mask, stay six feet apart, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces and wash your hands.
Getting vaccinated is a safer way to help build protection.
COVID-19 can cause serious, life-threatening health complications. There is no way to know how it will affect you. Getting vaccinated is a safe, effective way to build up your body’s natural defenses—your immune system—without the risks of actually getting sick with COVID-19.
While getting COVID-19 may provide some protection through natural immunity, the risk of reinfection may increase with time. The risks that come with COVID-19 outweigh the benefits of natural immunity.
None of the vaccines can cause you to get sick with COVID-19. They can only prevent it.
COVID-19 vaccination is a tool to help us end the pandemic.
Masking and staying six feet apart help reduce your risk of exposure to the virus or of spreading it to others. But these measures alone are not enough. Vaccines are an added important tool to help your body protect itself if exposed to COVID-19.
Growing evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to be asymptomatic carriers of the virus (that is, having the virus without having symptoms). This means that vaccinated people will be less likely to spread the virus without knowing it.
To stop the pandemic, we all must use the tools and measures we have available to us.
Spokane Regional Health District Benefits of Getting a Vaccine
Content based on materials produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.