Your Questions Answered
Question: Why should I get a vaccine? Is it safe?
Answer: According to the CDC, vaccinations against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are a safe and effective way to prevent the virus that to date has killed over 600,000 Americans and more than 3.3 million people worldwide.
There are many benefits to getting vaccinated
. All three COVID-19 vaccines have shown to be safe and very effective in reducing the risk of getting seriously ill even if you do get infected by the novel coronavirus. No vaccine is 100 percent effective, so the more people in our communities who become vaccinated, the less the virus will circulate among us and the better protected we all will be.
Question: Can the mRNA in vaccines alter your DNA?
Answer: No, this is false. Every cell in our body uses mRNA as a way to instruct cells on which proteins to make. While they enter cells to conduct their work, they do not enter the nucleus where DNA is stored. The vaccines that use mRNA to instruct cells to build the coronavirus spike protein help prepare your body to produce antibodies that combat coronavirus if you come in contact with it later. The mRNA is quickly degraded once it is in the body, which is one reason why these vaccines must be carefully preserved at very low temperatures.
Question: Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccines?
: No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Get more information from the CDC