Are you ready to get your vaccine? As of early April, all United States citizens over the age of 16 are candidates for the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s important that you receive the vaccine. To help provide information and calm any fears, here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus vaccine.

Why Should You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine can provide many benefits. According to researchers, getting the vaccine can create herd immunity, lower your risk for contracting COVID-19, and help us all move one step closer to “normal” as a community!

Attain Herd Immunity 

Herd immunity is a term that refers to the majority of US citizens being vaccinated against COVID-19. When this happens, enough people are vaccinated that the chances of getting or spreading COVID are very low. It’ll be safer to do everyday activities such as enjoying your favorite restaurant or visiting busy areas like shopping malls. 

Lower Your Risk of Serious Illness

Being vaccinated against COVID-19 lowers your risk for contracting the virus by up to 95%. With a lowered risk, the CDC says that gathering in large groups with other vaccinated individuals is safe to do without a mask. Lowering your risk for COVID-19 also not only keeps you safe from being sick but helps protect others who may be more vulnerable to the virus as well.

Move One Step Closer to Normal

Because of the contagiousness of COVID-19, we’ve been stuck in quarantine and with restrictions for over a year now. With herd immunity and your vaccination, we are all able to move one step closer to normalcy. Being vaccinated means moving closer to a normal social life, safety, and fun! Many countries have even opened up their borders to completely vaccinated citizens, so safe travel is only one step away. 

Which Vaccine Should You Get?

You may be wondering which COVID-19 vaccine you should get, or if there is a difference between each one. It’s important to know that: 

  • The FDA authorized all three vaccines for use
  • The CDC encourages receiving any of the three vaccines
  • Pfizer-BioNTech is authorized for ages 16+, while Moderna and Johnson and Johnson are authorized for ages 18+.

It’s important that you get one of the vaccines. It’s up to you to decide which one you would like to receive, or see which is available in your area! 

Are There Side Effects?

The coronavirus vaccine does have some side effects, although not everyone experiences them. The CDC states that this is a normal sign of your body building protection against the virus. COVID-19 vaccine side effects that you may experience include:

  • Injection site pain 
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches and pains 

If side effects persist for more than just a couple days, it’s important to see your doctor. Although you may feel under the weather for a day or more as your body works to develop immunity, most people will not experience any major or lasting COVID-19 vaccine side effects. 

Get Your Vaccine Today!

Being vaccinated is important. With herd immunity, we’ll be able to return to a more normal life. To keep yourself and others safe, sign up for your vaccine today!