Reasons to roll up your sleeve

On February 10, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that Arizona has administered one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine—a major vaccine milestone! While this is a big step, we still have a long way to go. It’s important that those who can get vaccinated do so to help protect themselves and others. Some people, however, are more hesitant to get vaccinated. We want to talk to you about the reasons you can be confident about getting vaccinated.

The vaccines are safe, and they work

The COVID-19 vaccines now in use have been studied in thousands of people. Those studies showed that the vaccines are safe and cause only a few side effects.

The vaccines are also very effective at preventing COVID-19, studies show. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration also continue to keep a close watch for any health issues in those who have been vaccinated. After you get vaccinated, you can sign up for CDC’s v-safe program. The program will send you personalized text messages to see if you have had any side effects. It will also remind you when it’s time to get your second dose.

While we still have more to learn about the long-term effects of the vaccines, there’s no reason to think they’re any less safe than other vaccines that have cleared the clinical trial process. Meanwhile, the dangers of getting COVID-19 are very real.

Three more reasons to roll up your sleeve

Besides reducing your own risk of getting COVID-19, there are other reasons to get a vaccine now. For starters, you’ll be helping to:

  1. Bring an end to the pandemic. When enough people are immunized against COVID-19, the virus will be harder to spread. That’s called herd immunity. We don’t know the exact percentage yet, but a large portion of people will need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity, according to the World Health Organization.
  2. Protect the healthcare system. Last week, you heard firsthand from our Arizona healthcare heroes about the stress COVID-19 has placed on our hospitals, and our healthcare workers. When infections surge or if nurses and doctors get sick, hospitals may have less capacity to care for the very ill.
  3. Safeguard those around you. Getting your shots as soon as you can make it less likely that you will spread COVID-19 to your inner circle. This could include your loved ones who may not be able to get the vaccine yet.

It's worth doing—for yourself and our community.

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This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual’s physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual’s particular health plan.

Last Updated: 2/12/2021