Why get vaccinated?
Do it for yourself, your family, and your community. When you’re vaccinated against COVID-19, you protect yourself from a deadly disease. Vaccinate to stop the spread to your friends, your family, your elders, and the people who work hard to keep our communities safe and open.
Vaccination helps us get to community-wide protection (sometimes called herd immunity) much more quickly, saving millions of lives. When enough individuals become vaccinated, it adds up to protection for everyone.
Vaccination is one of the most important steps in ending the pandemic
Each person that gets vaccinated brings us closer to a post-pandemic world.
More benefits of vaccination
- Your chances of being hospitalized with COVID-19 become almost zero
- You will not pass the disease to the elderly or those with medical conditions, who could get very sick or die
- COVID-19 cases will drop, and schools and businesses will safely reopen
- We can all get back to the things we love
From nurses, teachers, and farmworkers to many more people in our communities, hear why Californians have gotten vaccinated.
Leading scientists and medical experts in both the U.S. and California confirm the vaccines are safe and effective.See the evidence
Are the vaccines safe?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines have gone through extensive clinical trials and the most intensive safety review in U.S. history. Technological advancements in science and an unprecedented amount of resources made the development of vaccines in under a year possible.
Before release, they were tested in tens of thousands of participants of different ages, races, genders, and ethnicities. Most people report no side effects, or only mild ones.
You cannot get COVID-19 from a vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the virus, and cannot give you COVID-19.
How we know they’re safe
- Millions of people in the United States have been safely vaccinated for COVID-19
- Everyone who receives a vaccine is observed while on-site for side effects
- Reported side effects have been mild, and are a normal sign that your body is building immunity
- These vaccines were built on years of research -- no safety step was skipped
Hear why Dr. Burke Harris, California Surgeon General, chose to get vaccinated.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General, speaks about vaccine safety and her choice to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccines do not interact with your DNA in any way.See the evidence