COVID-19 Vaccines: What to Know

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Provided by Prince William County

COVID-19 vaccines are giving Americans hope after a long, dark and deadly year. The Prince William Health District put together some important vaccine information for you.

When the COVID-19 vaccine first rolled out, the supply was limited.  

That prompted the decision to target the most vulnerable with the limited supply—healthcare personnel, who are working on the frontlines in the COVID battle and nursing home residents and staff.

The elderly are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.  According to the New York Times, as of Dec. 4, 2020, 49 percent of Virginia COVID deaths were in long-term care facilities.    

COVID-19 vaccine supply will increase.

Possibly in the spring, anyone who wants a vaccination may have their chance.   

Safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a major priority.

The U.S. vaccine approval system works to ensure vaccines are as safe as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a new tool, V-safea smartphone-based app to track vaccine side effects.

It is normal to have side effects from the vaccine.

It is a sign your body is building protection against the virus.

Even after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you will still need to wear a face mask.

Stopping this pandemic means using all of the safety tools that are available. That means wearing masks, social distancing and washing your hands frequently.

COVID-19 vaccines help protect against the virus, but two shots are needed.

You need both to get the maximum protection against the virus.

Click here for more on COVID-19 vaccines.

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