COVID VACCINE SCIENCE & FACTS
We understand that some people may be nervous about the COVID vaccines – this is totally
reasonable. Fortunately, researchers have been working on vaccines for the coronavirus
family for years, so they did not have to start from scratch.
How does the COVID vaccine work?
Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines are a type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To
trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. mRNA
vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein-or even a piece of a protein that triggers an immune
response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, protects us from
getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
Why should I get vaccinated?
Vaccines have been described as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) on a molecular level. This
is the next phase in pandemic response. Vaccines show high efficacy – anywhere from 94-95% – and
are how we will get back to as close to normal life as possible. Stay informed on critical vaccine
developments and, when they become eligible, determine whether the COVID vaccine is right for
you, your family, and your loved ones.
What are the common side effects of the vaccine? Common side effects are pain and swelling on
the arm where you got the shot, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These minor side effects are
simply your immune system responding to the vaccine. If you have had a severe reaction to previous
vaccines, you are encouraged to discuss it further with your healthcare provider.
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Everyone has sacrificed so much this year to keep our loved ones and community safe. While we
know getting vaccinated isn’t always comfortable, you can play a big role to support your
community by keeping yourself and your family up-to-date on all vaccinations.
Why is it important to still wear a mask and social distance even if I have received the vaccine?
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system,
so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are
exposed. Like masks and social distancing, other steps help reduce your chance of being exposed to
the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID vaccination and following
recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID.
If you’ve had COVID…
You are still encouraged to get the vaccine once you no longer have symptoms and achieve recovery
status. It is estimated you have a 90-day natural immunity after infection, so you could delay getting
the vaccine within this timeframe if you so choose.
for people 18
75 and older
Sign up or help your family and neighbors sign up today!