The vaccines are very safe.
Hundreds of millions of doses of the COVID vaccines have now been administered in the United States. We’ve seen that the risk of harm from any of the vaccines is extremely low, while the risks of death, hospitalization, or long-term effects from COVID-19 are much higher.
These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
The vaccines keep the vast majority of people from getting seriously sick from COVID-19.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reports that case rates and hospitalizations are much higher among unvaccinated people than vaccinated people. While no vaccine is 100% effective, the COVID vaccines provide excellent protection against serious illness. DOH reports that unvaccinated people are about 9 to 17 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, depending on your age.
Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, getting a vaccine can give you extra protection from getting it again. Studies show that people who had COVID-19 and didn’t get vaccinated were more than five times as likely to get COVID-19 again, compared to people who got the vaccine after being sick.
Getting a vaccine is easy and free. You can get vaccinated at drugstores and neighborhood grocery stores with pharmacies, not just doctors’ offices. You can probably get the vaccine where you do your regular grocery shopping. And you can walk in and get your shot at many vaccine providers—no appointment necessary.
Here’s how to find a vaccine near you:
- Go to: vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov for a list of providers
- Text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish
- Call the hotline at: 833-VAX-HELP
Vaccination is a choice.
It’s normal to be cautious when something new comes along. Wanting to know more is a good thing — it means you want the facts.
If you have questions about the COVID vaccines, talk to your health care provider.