What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine protects yourself, your loved ones, and your community, including the most vulnerable residents. Building defenses against COVID-19 is a team effort, and you are a key part of that defense. 

  • COVID-19 vaccines are only authorized or approved if they make it substantially less likely that you will contract COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do develop the disease. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection. COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
  • Vaccines work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. The combination of getting vaccinated and following public health recommendations will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

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1. Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
2. Will I need to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine?
3. These vaccines were produced so quickly. How do we know they are safe?
4. What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
5. What is the difference between the three available COVID-19 vaccines?
6. I had COVID-19 and recovered. Should I still be vaccinated?
7. I am a resident of another State, but I am currently staying in NH. Can I register for a COVID-19 vaccine in NH?
8. Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as another vaccine?
9. I have an underlying medical condition. Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
10. Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
11. Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I am trying to get pregnant?
12. What should I expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
13. Where can I find additional information?