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Vaccination against COVID-19 is vital to stopping the spread of the pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested and approved by local and international regulatory bodies and are critical to reducing illness, hospitalization and death associated with COVID-19.

Why Get Vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective

COVID-19 vaccines can keep you from getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

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

Get vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19.

Once you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing more

After you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic.

None of the COVID-19 vaccines can make you sick with COVID-19

None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

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How do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines work with your body’s natural defense to build protection. When vaccinated, your immune system is able to:

Initially Skeptical, Covid-19 Survivor Believes in Efficacy of Vaccines

Twenty-nine-year-old communications officer, Sasheena Douglas, was shocked when she tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in August 2020.

The fitness fanatic, who maintains a healthy diet, thought that her youth and healthy lifestyle made her at very low risk for contracting the virus.

Even more surprising was how ill she became, telling JIS News that she battled the effects of COVID-19 for about a month, and “had to put up one of the greatest fights of my life in order to survive”.

One year later, the Kingston native says that the “near-death” experience has made her vigilant about protecting herself against the virus.

Myths & Facts

Myth

The COVID-19 vaccine is not safe because it was rapidly developed.

FACT

The vaccine is proven safe and effective. It has gone through the same rigorous processes as every other vaccine, meeting all safety standards.

Myth

The COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility in women.

FACT

No vaccine suspected of impacting a person’s ability to conceive, has ever been or will ever be approved.

Myth

You can get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

FACT

YOU CANNOT get COVID-19 from the vaccine because it does not contain the live virus.

Myth

Once I receive the vaccine, I will test positive for COVID-19.

FACT

Viral tests look for the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Since there is no live virus in the vaccine, the vaccine cannot affect your test result.

It is possible to get infected with the virus before the vaccine has had time to fully protect your body.

Myth

I have already been diagnosed with COVID-19, so I do not need to get the vaccine.

FACT

If you have already had COVID-19, you will still need to take the vaccine as it is not known for how long natural immunity will last. Since COVID-19 can have severe health risks and the possibility of re-infection, the recommendation is to take the vaccine.

Myth

Natural Immunity is better.

FACT

Vaccines build immunity without the damaging effects that COVID-19 can have.

Allowing the disease to spread until herd immunity is reached will cause millions of deaths and even more people living with the long term effects of the virus.

Myth

The COVID-19 vaccine has severe side effects such as allergic reactions.

FACT

Although extremely rare, people can have severe allergic reactions to ingredients used in a vaccine.

It is recommended that people with a history of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) to the ingredients of the vaccine should not be vaccinated.

Myth

Once I receive the COVID-19 vaccine, I no longer need to wear a mask.

FACT

Mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing remain necessary until a sufficient number of persons are immune.

Myth

Only the elderly need to take the vaccine.

FACT

Anyone can get COVID-19, some of whom have become seriously ill. All eligible adults should take the vaccine.

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