Most people recover. Why do I need a vaccine?

Thankfully, most people who are infected with COVID-19 appear to make a full recovery, although potential long-term effects of the virus are unknown.  However, COVID-19 infection can cause serious, life-threatening disease, and there is no way to predict who will need hospitalization and who will not survive.  

We are learning that some people who have COVID-19 never fully recover and experience debilitating symptoms like heart arrhythmias, nervous system dysfunction, and severe fatigue long after their original infection has “resolved.”  Fortunately, the vaccines available in the United States are both safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness and stopping the spread of COVID-19 to others. 

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1. Most people recover. Why do I need a vaccine?
2. How effective will a COVID-19 vaccine be?
3. How long will immunity last if I get vaccinated?
4. Why is a vaccine necessary?
5. Can you still spread the virus after being fully vaccinated?
6. What ingredients are used in the COVID-19 vaccines?
7. What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine?
8. Should I continue to wear a mask, social distance, maintain good hygiene and avoid large gatherings?
9. Is it safe to get my child vaccinated?
10. I am pregnant or lactating. Should I get the vaccine?
11. Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
12. If someone is sick or running a low-grade fever, can they still get the vaccine?