Finding your reason why
If you've been on the fence about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you're not alone. It's always a good idea to carefully consider your options before making a decision that will affect your health.
But a lot has changed since the vaccines were introduced this past winter, and we are now seeing the delta variant sweep the nation.
As of August 6, Arizona ranked #18 among states with the highest COVID cases in the last seven days according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker.
On August 8, the Arizona Department of Health Services officials reported more than 2,000 additional COVID-19 cases for the fifth consecutive day, as virus-related hospitalizations continued to rise.
So now might be a good time to take a fresh look at your reasons for holding off on getting the vaccine.
Here are five reasons people are choosing to take the next step now and get a COVID-19 shot:
- The vaccines have a good track record. The COVID-19 vaccines were tested thoroughly in clinical trials to make sure they are safe. And now we have real-world data to back up what the trials said: The vaccines work. Over 160 million people nationwide have been safely vaccinated.
- It's easier now to get a vaccine. Many pharmacies and doctors' offices now have COVID-19 vaccines on hand. You may even be able to get a shot without an appointment. Azdhs.gov can help you find a provider near you.
- Unvaccinated people are more likely to get COVID-19. Most of the people now being hospitalized with COVID-19 have not had their shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the highly contagious delta variant is responsible for 83% of new cases, 99% of those are unvaccinated people.
- The vaccines are effective against the delta variant. This strain of the coronavirus spreads more easily and may be resistant to some treatments. The vaccines offer good protection against delta and other variants. And they reduce the risk that you will get seriously sick if you do get COVID-19.
- Vaccines are strongly recommended for eligible schoolkids. As your kids head back to school, you can show them that the vaccines are safe by getting your own shots at the same time.
It's important to feel comfortable about any medical decision you make for yourself or your family. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, the best idea is to talk to your doctor. Together, you can discuss your concerns. And your doctor can help answer any questions you have about what's right for you.
See our video resources below:
How the COVID-19 Vaccines Work (Pfizer and Moderna)
How Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Vaccine Works
Wave goodbye to COVID
Last Updated: 08/13/2021