Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting seriously sick with COVID-19.
Being protected from getting sick is important because even though many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness, have long-term health effects (become what are called Long-Haulers), or even die.
It is not possible to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you have no increased risk of developing severe complications.
Now, just like with other vaccines (influenza, shingles, etc.) a small minority of people will still get COVID after being vaccinated — some from mutant strains of COVID (like the strains from Brazil, the UK, or South Africa. However, the vast majority of these people will only get the mild form disease, will not need to be hospitalized, will not die from the disease, and will not become long-haulers (have prolonged symptoms after recovery).
This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.
© Copyright WLL, INC. 2021. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.