Vaccines

Vaccines — including COVID-19 vaccines — work to protect the people who get the vaccine, as well as the people around them.

Vaccines help our bodies fight infections faster and more effectively. A vaccine is a substance that teaches your body to recognize and get rid of viruses or bacteria by triggering a response from your immune system. Vaccines help your body stand ready to protect you from getting sick if you run into the virus or bacteria in the future, even if you’ve already had COVID-19.

Did You Know...

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Decades of existing research on coronaviruses and vaccines gave scientists a head start on understanding COVID-19 and how to prevent it.
 

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There is no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause female or male fertility problems.

 

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Current data show that the antibodies you make after a COVID-19 vaccine may recognize and protect against virus variants like Delta and Gamma.

Resources

You can make a big impact in the fight against COVID-19 by sharing factual and trustworthy information in your community and networks. Copy the links or download the resources below to help spread accurate information.

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COVID-19 Multilingual Resources Portal

  • Source: Hawaii State Department of Health
Toolkit

COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness: Social Media Cards

  • Source: NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
Toolkit

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs: Social Media Cards

  • Source: NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
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Dapper Dan and the COVID-19 vaccines

  • Source: New York CEAL
  • File Info: (2:04)
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Getting Started (for those new to engaging AA and NHPI populations): Where to Go?

  • Source: CEAL Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Interest Group
  • File Info: PDF (357 KB 2 pages)
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How Are Vaccines Tested?

  • Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM)
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¿Cómo se prueban las vacunas?

  • Source: National Library of Medicine (NLM)
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Social Media Messages

Copy and use these social media messages to encourage the spread of accurate information about COVID-19.

Face coverings, physical distancing, quarantining of those exposed to COVID-19, and isolating those infected can help stop the spread. But we need a safe and effective vaccine to conquer COVID-19. Learn how enrolling in a clinical trial can help: https://go.usa.gov/xfShb

Face coverings, physical distancing, quarantining of those exposed to #COVID19, and isolating those infected can help stop the spread. But a safe & effective vaccine is needed to #ConquerCOVID19. Learn how enrolling in a clinical trial can help: https://go.usa.gov/xfShb

When you get a vaccine, your body’s immune system is primed to recognize and attack a specific pathogen if it tries to invade the body. And since vaccines are made of very small amounts of weakened or inactivated germs or only a component of the germ, they won’t give you the disease. NIH-funded scientists are working hard to find a COVID-19 vaccine that is safe and effective. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xfShb

Vaccines don’t just protect you — they also protect the people around you. When enough people get vaccinated against a certain disease, germs can’t travel as efficiently — and the entire community, including vulnerable populations and those who cannot get vaccinated, is less likely to get sick. That’s why NIH-funded scientists are working so hard to find a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xfShb​​​​​​​

#DYK that when you get vaccinated, you’re protecting yourself, your family, & your community? That’s why NIH-funded scientists are working hard to find a #COVID19 vaccine to help #stopthespread. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xfShb

When you get a vaccine, your body’s immune system is primed to recognize and attack a specific pathogen if it tries to invade the body. And since #vaccines are made of very small amounts of weak or inactive germs, they won’t make you sick. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xfShb

Have questions about the safety of future vaccines for #COVID19? Watch @TiffanyHaddish discuss vaccine skepticism and more with #NIH @NIAIDNews Director Dr. Anthony Fauci. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FZXfgT_IRg&feature=youtu.be

Cubrirse el rostro, distanciarse físicamente, poner en cuarentena a las personas expuestas al COVID-19 y aislar a las personas infectadas puede ayudar a detener la propagación. Pero necesitamos una vacuna segura y eficaz para vencer al COVID-19. Descubra cómo su participación en un estudio clínico puede ayudar: https://covid19community.nih.gov/espanol

Cubrirse el rostro, distanciarse físicamente, poner en cuarentena a las personas expuestas a #COVID19 y aislar a las personas infectadas puede ayudar a detener la propagación. Pero se necesita una vacuna segura y eficaz para combatir el COVID19 https://covid19community.nih.gov/espanol

Cuando recibe una vacuna, el sistema inmunológico de su cuerpo está preparado para reconocer y atacar a un germen infeccioso específico si intenta invadir el cuerpo. Dado que las vacunas están hechas de cantidades muy pequeñas de gérmenes debilitados o inactivados, o solo de un componente del germen, no le transmitirán la enfermedad. Los científicos financiados por los NIH están trabajando arduamente para encontrar una vacuna contra el COVID-19 que sea segura y efectiva. Más información: https://covid19community.nih.gov/espanol

Al recibir una vacuna, el sistema inmunológico de su cuerpo está preparado para atacar a un germen infeccioso específico si intenta invadir el cuerpo. Ya que las vacunas están hechas de cantidades muy pequeñas de gérmenes débiles/inactivos, no se enfermerá https://covid19community.nih.gov/espanol

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