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COVID-19 Vaccine: Should I Get it?

I am eligible to get the COVID vaccine, but should I get it?

Many people are not sure about getting the vaccine. They worry the vaccine will cause them to get COVID-19 or have a bad reaction. It’s normal to be nervous about getting a new shot. Here are some facts to help make the right decision for you.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine really safe for me?

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines went through a clinical trial. This means they tested it to be sure it is safe for you and your family. And to see if it protects you from getting very sick with COVID-19. All vaccines follow the same process. Here’s how Pfizer and Moderna tested their vaccines.

  • Both COVID vaccines were tested on over 30,000 people each.
  • They were tested on people from different backgrounds and communities. This was the most diverse group to take part in a clinical trial. The vaccines were tested on:

  • Eligible age groups
  • men and women
  • People with different weights and chronic health problems
  • And all races and ethnicities including Black, Hispanic, Asian, and a small number of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • Protection from getting COVID-19 ranged from 90 to 100% in all groups.
  • The vaccines were approved for use only after all clinical trial results were reviewed by experts.

Is COVID-19 really that bad if I just take my chances?

  • Nearly 500,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S.
  • COVID-19 infection is different for everyone. 
  • Some people with chronic conditions or health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney or heart disease have gotten very sick with COVID-19. Many have died from COVID-19.
  • Some people without health problems have gotten very sick with COVID-19. And doctors and health experts do not always know why. 
  • Some people who get mild symptoms with COVID-19 and are not hospitalized still have long-term health problems. These include fatigue, changes in blood pressure, and heart problems.
  • Doctors and experts are still learning about the long-term effects of COVID-19.
  • You may be healthy and able to cope with COVID-19. But, what about your mother, father, grandparents and others that you love? What about your neighbors, coworkers, and friends? When you get the vaccine you are helping everyone!

Are the side effects of the vaccine dangerous?

  • Some, not all, people can have a reaction from the vaccine. They might get a fever, headache, tiredness, but they go away in about 48 hours. These symptoms mean your body knows how to fight the coronavirus.
  • Side effects from the vaccine are very rare.
  • No one has died from the vaccine. More than 24 million people in the U.S. have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Rarely, people have had allergic reactions to the vaccine. Most of these people were treated on-site and went home without any further effects.
  • If you carry an EPI-pen or have serious allergies, talk with your doctor first.
  • The benefits of getting the COVID vaccine strongly outweigh the risks of the vaccine for almost everyone.