Get COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Help Stop The Myths
Waiting for your life to return to some semblance of normalcy? Well, it might be just a shot or two away with the COVID-19 vaccine.
There’s never been more hope than now in the fight against COVID-19 as several vaccines become available to more people. Check with your doctor or health care provider about what’s best for you regarding the vaccine. Then, when it’s your turn to get the vaccine, do your part and roll up your sleeve. It’s one of the most important steps we can take to fight the spread of the virus so we can safely return to life with family, friends and coworkers.
There’s a lot of information available about the vaccines. And we know you may still have questions about their safety and effectiveness, how they were made so quickly, or if the vaccine will protect you from getting COVID-19. (Check out our myth vs. fact flyer on the vaccines.)
All of the vaccines were thoroughly reviewed for safety and effectiveness before they received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA. Plus, the clinical trials included all races, cultures and ethnicities, as well as people with chronic health conditions like diabetes. And the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are continually monitoring the safety and quality of authorized vaccines.
You may feel some side effects for a day or two, like arm pain or swelling where you got the shot, a low-grade fever, chills, tiredness, headache or muscle aches. Those are normal signs the vaccines are working. And remember, you can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
Even if you’ve had COVID-19, experts still recommend getting vaccinated, so you’re protected long-term, because it’s unclear how long natural immunity lasts if you’ve been recovered. Getting the vaccines will increase your ability to protect yourself and loved ones.
When you’re ready to get the vaccine, remember that it’s $0 for most everyone.* In the meantime, stay in touch with your doctor, health care provider, pharmacy, local health department or emergency management office to see when the vaccine is available in your area and when you’re eligible to get it. And start talking to your friends and family, so they’ll also be ready to get the vaccine, too. Together, we will get through this.
*Some grandfathered plans may have a cost share for preventive benefits. Please check your plan benefits.
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