Why is a vaccine necessary?

Vaccines have proven to be greatly effective in eliminating or significantly decreasing the impact of many diseases.  Vaccines protect most individuals from getting infected, or from serious consequences like hospitalization and death if they do get infected. 

This protection will help us get back to doing the things we love to do, like celebrating holidays with friends and family and playing sports.  If enough people are vaccinated and we have achieved “Herd Immunity,” the COVID-19 virus will lose its ability to efficiently infect new people and develop variants. 

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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?