Benefits of Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine

As more vac­cines are being pro­duced and becom­ing avail­able in the Unit­ed States, we under­stand peo­ple are con­cerned about get­ting vac­ci­nat­ed. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC) con­firms that although these vac­cines are being pro­duced quick­ly, their strin­gent safe­ty process­es and pro­ce­dures remain in place to ensure all vac­cines are safe to receive.

As we fight to end the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, get­ting vac­ci­nat­ed is crit­i­cal. Stop­ping this pan­dem­ic will require using all the tools avail­able to us includ­ing social dis­tanc­ing, nat­ur­al immu­ni­ty and vac­ci­na­tions. See below to learn more from the CDC and DuPage Med­ical Group on the ben­e­fits of get­ting vaccinated:

COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tion will help keep you from get­ting COVID-19

  • All COVID-19 vac­cines cur­rent­ly avail­able in the Unit­ed States have been shown to be high­ly effec­tive at pre­vent­ing COVID-19.
  • Based on what we know about vac­cines for oth­er dis­eases and ear­ly data from clin­i­cal tri­als, experts believe that get­ting a COVID-19 vac­cine may also help keep you from get­ting seri­ous­ly ill, even if you do con­tract COVID-19.
  • Get­ting vac­ci­nat­ed your­self may also pro­tect peo­ple around you, par­tic­u­lar­ly peo­ple at increased risk for severe ill­ness from COVID-19.

COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tion is a safer way to help build protection

  • COVID-19 can have seri­ous, life-threat­en­ing com­pli­ca­tions, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. If you get sick, you could spread the dis­ease to friends, fam­i­ly and oth­ers around you. Get­ting vac­ci­nat­ed will help pre­vent these complications.
  • Get­ting COVID-19 may offer some nat­ur­al pro­tec­tion, known as immu­ni­ty. Cur­rent evi­dence sug­gests that rein­fec­tion with the virus that caus­es COVID-19 is uncom­mon in the 90 days after ini­tial infec­tion. How­ev­er, experts don’t know for sure how long this pro­tec­tion lasts, and the risk of severe ill­ness and death from COVID-19 far out­weighs any ben­e­fits of nat­ur­al immu­ni­ty. COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tion will help pro­tect you by cre­at­ing an anti­body (immune sys­tem) response with­out hav­ing to expe­ri­ence sickness.

COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tion will be an impor­tant tool to help stop the pandemic

  • With­out a vac­cine it could take up 2 – 3 more years for our coun­try to reach herd immu­ni­ty sta­tus on our own with an esti­mat­ed 600,000 more COVID-19 relat­ed deaths in that time­frame. Get­ting the vac­cine will help reduce that time­line and save lives.
  • Wear­ing masks and social dis­tanc­ing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spread­ing it to oth­ers, but these mea­sures are not enough. Vac­cines will work with your immune sys­tem so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed and help end this pandemic.