Why you need the COVID vaccine now more than ever

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

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH says we’ve waited long enough, it’s time to get your COVID vaccine.

I’ll give you two reasons off top. Number one, the variant that’s dominant in the United States is more infectious and more contagious than any other that we’ve seen, which means it’s more likely to infect you if you’re exposed and you’re more likely to spread it to somebody else if you get it. And so just from the variant standpoint alone, we are actually in a moment of the pandemic where the COVID we’re facing is stronger and more potent than the COVID that we were facing before.

And two, the precautions that protected many of us over the last year have now been withdrawn almost everywhere in the country. We don’t have mask mandates anymore. People are going back to work. You’re returning to restaurants. We’re returning to crowded indoor facilities. Which means at the exact same time that we’re facing the toughest strongest COVID our nation has seen, we are also having the least protections collectively. And so, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones and your neighbors is to get the COVID vaccine.

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.

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