Skip to content

Why get vaccinated if you can still get COVID?

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

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH explains that while the COVID vaccines may not be 100% they are still highly protective against serious illness.

Sometimes how I describe it is that the vaccines are some of the most effective vaccines we’ve ever had. And while they’re not 100%, no medication or vaccine a 100% protects you from anything. We’re trying to decrease risk and when you see something that can decrease risk, so enormously like the COVID vaccines decrease your risk of dying or having severe illness from COVID it’s one of the greatest scientific advancements we’ve probably had in the last 10 years at least.

So, while you may get COVID, if you get the vaccine and you may even have some symptoms, you’re not likely to die of it. And that’s what the vaccine radically changed in this pandemic that having COVID does not need to be a death sentence, that it can just be like any other cold that you have that passes and is gone.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

Stay up to date with your COVID vaccine, including boosters!

COVID vaccines are safe and effective for everyone ages 6 months and older.

Immunity wanes over time. Keep up your protection against COVID by getting boosted when eligible.

Updated (bivalent) boosters are now available for adults and children 6 months and older.