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Why not wait for the next round of COVID-19 vaccines?

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

Yolanda Tinajero, MD on why NOT to put off getting a COVID vaccine.
So now that we are seeing that there are different variations of the virus, including the new variant called the Omicron, we as healthcare providers are trying to stay on top of it and really make sure that we are protecting our patients as much as possible.Some people express a hesitation to receive the vaccine, given that there’s these new variants, and they wonder if there’s possibly new vaccines that are going to be out in the market in the future.
They’ve heard about people who despite getting the vaccine still get infected with COVID-19. Well, what’s really important to also know is that for people who’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, if they were to get infected, they might actually have an infection that has no symptoms or very mild symptoms. And in fact, people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine and get infected with COVID-19 are less likely to require hospital level care.

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