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Want to know more about the COVID-19 vaccines? Are you hesitant to get your vaccine and want to learn more? Here is more information related to common questions about the available COVID-19 vaccinations.

COVID-19 Vaccine Basics

  • The COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at preventing people from getting very sick. Vaccinated people are much less likely to get COVID-19, go to the hospital, or die from COVID-19.
     
  • Vaccines work by training your immune system to recognize and fight off a specific germ before it has a chance to make you sick.  Even if you already had COVID-19, getting vaccinated can help your immune system fight the virus better in the future.
     
  • No vaccine is 100% effective.  It's still possible for fully vaccinated
    people to get COVID-19, but unvaccinated people are at far higher risk.
     
  • When you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you're not just protecting yourself. You're also protecting other people around you who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 — like older people, pregnant people, and people with disabilities or other health conditions.

COVID-19 Vaccine Development

  • Clinical trials have proven that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Tens of thousands of people from different races and ethnicities have participated in clinical trials to make sure the vaccines are safe — and that they work.
     
  • The COVID-19 vaccine trials were randomized controlled trials.  Randomized, controlled trials are the gold standard for proving that vaccines work.  Researchers in each trial gave one group of people a vaccine and another group a placebo (a shot with no vaccine in it).  Then they compared how many people in each group got COVID-19.  Based on these trials, researchers learned that fully vaccinated people are much less likely to get COVID-19.
     
  • Experts around the world worked together to develop the COVID-19 vaccines quickly and safely.  The development process was fast because international researchers, scientists, and government agencies worked together in new ways to try and put an end to the pandemic.  They didn't skip any safety steps.
     
  • Scientists have been working on the mRNA technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for more than 20 years.  These vaccines work by delivering a small strip of genetic code (the mRNA) that teaches your immune system to protect against a key protein — in this case, the spike protein on the surface of the COVID-19 virus.

Vaccine side effects

  • Some side effects are normal. It's normal to have some side effects — like feeling tired and achy — for a day or two2 after getting vaccinated. These side effects are signs that your body is building up protection, and that means the vaccine is working.
     
  • There's no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines can affect your ability to have kids.
     
  • Long-term side effects. Researchers haven't found any long-term side effects from COVID-19 vaccines.
     
  • You can't get COVID-19 from a vaccine. The vaccines teach your body to fight off COVID-19. There’s no live COVID-19 virus in the vaccines, so they can't give you COVID-19.

 

Additional Facts about the Vax!

  • Recent data shows that:
    • 85% of African Americans are concerned about new variants and strains that could potentially be more contagious or deadly.
    • 51% of Affrican Americans say they are fully vaccinated.
    • In adults, Latinos comprise over 30% of all U.S. coronavirus cases
    • In youth and young adults ages 0-24, Latinos comprise over 40% of all U.S. coronavirus cases.
    • Latinos have been 3x as likely as Whites to  become infected.
    • A survey conducted by the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging found that 86% of Latinos said they would not want to receive a vaccine as soon as possible and that 66% of Latinos do not believe the vaccine will be safe.
    • Over 351 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the United States from December 14, 2020, through August 9, 2021.
    • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
    • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick even after you have had COVID-19. Vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to normal.
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