Emergency physician Dr. Daniel Wachter said after getting his shot, "[It was] amazing, great -- it felt like nothing. It's very exciting."
A reminder about why it is important to get the coronavirus vaccine if it is available to you now and why you should plan on getting the 2 shots as it continues to roll out:
- The vaccine will help to prevent you from getting COVID-19, or from getting seriously ill even if you do contract the virus.
- Getting vaccinated will benefit those around you, including your family, coworkers, the frontline workers you encounter, and especially the elderly and those who are in a high-risk category for getting the virus.
- The vaccine is a safer method to build protection from the virus. The CDC notes contracting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection from the virus in the future, but how long this protection lasts is not known, plus, contracting the virus can lead to serious health issues and death. The CDC stresses, "COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness."
- The vaccine is key to ending the pandemic. "Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed," the CDC notes, explaining when combined with masks and distancing, someone's risk of getting the virus drops significantly.
If you are still unsure or feeling nervous about getting it, find out what it feels like to get the vaccine -- hint: most people say it is very simple and have had little to no reaction to it.
Wondering when you will likely be eligible to get the vaccine? Get the details here.
The Doctors also detail the possible side effects of the vaccine (*The majority of recipients do not feel any adverse side effects from the vaccine) and whether or not you need the vaccine if you have already had COVID.