How does my getting vaccinated for COVID help others?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH on how the COVID vaccines protect both you AND others.

So, when folks get vaccinated it not only protects them from getting COVID infection, it also protects the people around them. And especially if you live in a community where a lot of people are vaccinated, it means the spread of COVID in your community is lower. And so your chances of even being exposed to COVID when you encounter another person, when you’re out in public goes lower and lower and lower, the more people that get vaccinated or the higher and higher vaccination rates get. And so that’s why we want people who live in neighborhoods to get vaccinated all together. The more people who are vaccinated, the more everyone is protected from being exposed to COVID.

And that’s why we want everybody to get the vaccine. We want you to get the vaccine to save your life, to save your children’s lives and the lives of all of our neighbors and the people that we know and love.

 

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