Why should I get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available?
- COVID-19 is easily transmitted and can lead to serious illness and death, the good news is that safe and effective vaccines can now protect you.
- Vaccines for COVID-19 reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 by preparing your body’s natural defences – the immune system – to recognize and fight off the virus that causes COVID-19..
Is the COVID-19 vaccine necessary to end the pandemic?
Yes, vaccines are essential for the prevention and control of COVID-19 locally and globally.
When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available to me?
- It is likely that the supply of COVID-19 vaccines will be limited at first, which means not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away.
- As doses become available, they first be given to people who are at a high-risk, like health workers and the elderly. Once we have enough doses, everyone who qualifies should get vaccinated.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and effective?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines go through a rigorous, multi-stage testing process, including large trials that involve tens of thousands of people, review in the country where the vaccine is made, and a panel of experts at the World Health Organization.