Five things you should know about getting a COVID-19 vaccine

#1 They're Safe

The vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself, your loved ones and our community. The COVID-19 vaccines — developed by Pfizer and Moderna — were held to the same safety standards as all vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitor all U.S. vaccines for safety and provide data and insight to government health agencies, public health partners, and the public. Based on clinical trial data that included some 74,000 people receiving one of the two vaccines, the FDA determined the vaccines safe for distribution and use.

#2 You can’t catch the virus from the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain live virus, so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

#3 Some minor side effects are possible.

A small percentage of those who receive the vaccine will have side effects significant enough to interfere with their usual daily activities. Side effects may include fever, headache, fatigue, and body or muscle aches in the days immediately following vaccination. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that your body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

#4 You still need to wear a mask.

Until herd immunity is achieved, it is essential to continue wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, physically distancing and washing your hands after you receive the vaccine.

#5 How to sign up.

Pre-register to receive the vaccine. When you are eligible based on state guidelines and vaccine supply is available, you will then be contacted to make an appointment.

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