What You Need to Know
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- You may have side effects after vaccination, but these are normal.
- It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.
- Learn how to find a COVID-19 vaccine so you can get it as soon as you can.
- People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
What We Are Still Learning
- We are still learning how well vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, even if you do not have symptoms.
- We’re also still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines protect people.
- We are still learning how many people have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before most people can be considered protected (population immunity).
- We are still learning how effective the vaccines are against new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.
What We Know
- Vaccines are now more widely accessible in the U.S. Everyone 16 years of age and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. These vaccines cannot give you COVID-19. You may have side effects after vaccination, but these are normal.
- Vaccines more widely accessible in the U.S. The federal government continues to work toward making vaccines widely available for everyone at no cost. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines get to you.
- Many doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics are now or will soon be able to offer COVID-19 vaccinations. Your doctor’s office or local pharmacy may contact you with information about their vaccination plans.