Why do I need a COVID vaccine?

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

Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD explains how the COVID vaccine works to prevent infection and serious illness.
I want my vaccines to do two things. Number one, I want them to keep me from getting the illness, the disease, the virus, and number two, if the virus makes it through, I want my vaccine to save my life. The vaccines are pretty good at keeping you from getting the virus, right? And we’ve heard different rates. I think people who will probably have heard in the media 95% versus 60% for different vaccines in different numbers. I think though, the really important job the vaccines have to do, it’s the second one, the saving your life part. And the vaccines that are available in the market—and this is beautiful, amazing, I would almost say a miracle—are close to 100% effective at saving your life. I’m going to say that one more time. They will save your life if you get COVID-19. And, I think that is the most important thing for me personally, as a woman and as a physician that a vaccine can do.

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