Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Safe?
Vaccines are safe and effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to Pennsylvanians in a phased approach.
The COVID-19 vaccine is another tool in the toolbox for our fight against COVID-19, and we must continue to practice other mitigation efforts, like wearing a mask, hand washing, physical distancing.
While more COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated.
Why get vaccinated?
- The COVID-19 vaccine will help keep you from getting COVID-19.
- The COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is a safer way to help build protection.
- Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your risk of being exposed to the virus or spread it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
It is also important to understand that the COVID-19 vaccine will not make you sick with COVID-19. After getting the vaccine, you will not test positive for a COVID-19 viral test.
If you have already had COVID-19 and recovered, it is still recommended that you get the vaccine due to severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible.
To learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work, please visit the CDC’s website.
For frequently asked questions and resources about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website.
You can also call the PA Health Hotline at 1-877-724-3258 for COVID-19 and vaccine-related questions.
When Vaccine is Limited, Who Gets Vaccinated First?
Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is expected to be limited at first, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. CDC’s recommendations are based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent panel of medical and public health experts.
The recommendations were made with these goals in mind:
- Decrease death and serious disease as much as possible.
- Preserve functioning of society.
- Reduce the extra burden COVID-19 is having on people already facing disparities.
Learn more about why it’s important that healthcare personnel get vaccinated and who is included.
Learn more about what to expect at your vaccination visit.