Key Messages:

  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there’s no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you or your loved ones. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others in your community.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highy effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

  • Even if you’ve had COVID-19, experts still recommend that you get vaccinated, because we don’t yet know how long natural antibodies last.

  • If you currently have COVID-19, you should wait until after you recover and have finished your isolation to get vaccinated.

  • The vaccines are free of charge to all people living in the United States.

  • Because of the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists received a lot of money to fund their research into developing and testing vaccines. Manufacturers also received a lot of money to start producing vaccines in large quantities while scientists tested their safety and effectiveness in tens of thousands of volunteers.

  • No one cut any corners or skipped any steps in the COVID-19 vaccine development, testing, and authorization process. They simply overlapped some of the steps instead of doing them one after the other. All the while, the FDA, CDC, and independent medical experts have been monitoring the safety of the vaccines and continue to do so.

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