In some countries where COVID-19 vaccinations are widely available, the rate of vaccination has slowed. This means that some people are choosing not to get the COVID vaccine when it’s offered. Why does this matter? Because the more people who take the vaccine around the world, the more chance we have of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and ending the pandemic.
Today we are sharing our top three reasons why we should all take the vaccine when it’s offered:
1. You’ll protect the people you love
Getting vaccinated doesn’t only protect us – it protects the people around us. COVID-19 is highly contagious – meaning it passes easily between people. Someone who is fully vaccinated is less likely to carry the virus and pass it on, which means we are less likely to infect those around us.
2. You’ll help end the pandemic
The more of us that get vaccinated, the less COVID-19 can spread. This reduces the number of new infections and means the virus has less chance to mutate and create new variants.
3. Approved COVID vaccines are safe
Before a new vaccine is approved, it goes through four stages of testing from pre-clinical tests through to human trials. At each stage, scientists measure its effectiveness and safety. If a vaccine causes harmful side effects, the trial is cancelled. The COVID vaccines that pass these tests are then assessed by international regulators such as the WHO, and / or national health bodies before they are approved for public use. All the approved COVID vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective. You can read more about the COVID-19 vaccines on the WHO website.
#OnlyTogether can we end the pandemic.