The benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine
Published on April 01, 2021
It’s the first day of COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness & Education Month. Throughout April, City News will be sharing fact-based information that provides details on how vaccines work, the types of vaccines available, what to expect before and after your vaccine appointment, and other helpful tidbits that will help you navigate as you make important health decisions for you and your family.
Today, learn the benefits of getting your family vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control provided a summary of the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination based on what we currently know.
A vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19.
- Experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
A vaccination is a safe way to help build protection
- COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening effects, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family and others around you.
- Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. A COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
- Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and the CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
A vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic
- Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
- The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
Register to get vaccinated
Tarrant County Public Health maintains an online portal that allows residents to easily register for a no-cost vaccine for residents with or without health insurance. Tarrant County Public Health will send an email, text message or phone message regarding upcoming appointments.
Learn more about the vaccine process in Tarrant County. The City of Fort Worth website provides additional information about the vaccination process and other providers in the community.
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