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5 ½ Things About COVID-19 Vaccines

Nursing student prepares to give a vaccine at Boise State COVID mass vaccination clinic, April 3, 2021

We are Broncos. We care about our community, and we want the best for each other. One of the best ways to keep our campus – and Boise – community safe and healthy as we start a new semester is for as many people as possible to get vaccinated. Almost all serious COVID-19 cases – 97% of hospital admissions, and 99.5% of COVID deaths – are happening to those who aren’t vaccinated.

Here are a few helpful things to know about COVID-19 vaccines:

1) COVID-19 vaccines are safe

All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines meet FDA’s rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. Tens of millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines will continue undergoing the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history to make sure that they’re safe.

2) COVID-19 vaccines are effective

All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines prevent almost 100% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, including from the Delta variant.

3) COVID-19 vaccines protect against virus variants

Scientists continue to study different variants of the virus to see if the vaccines will work against them. Current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines authorized and recommended for use in the United States protect against most variants, including the highly contagious Delta variant. The CDC will continue to monitor the impact these new variants may have on how well the vaccines work.

4) You should get vaccinated even though you can still get infected with COVID-19

It’s important to understand that infection doesn’t necessarily lead to illness. If you’re fully vaccinated and the virus manages to enter your body and multiply (or infect you), your immune system will quickly recognize the virus and keep it from doing real damage. That’s why most people who get COVID-19 despite being vaccinated – the breakthrough cases – have no symptoms or only feel mildly sick.

Almost everyone in the United States who is getting severely ill, hospitalized, and dying from COVID-19 is unvaccinated.

5) COVID-19 vaccines help prevent spread

Vaccines reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop and be able to spread COVID-19. Some vaccinated people can get it and spread it to others, but only a very small amount of spread happening around the country comes from vaccinated individuals.

5 ½) Broncos have chosen to get vaccinated for community, family, friends, and football


Bonus Tip: Boise State’s COVID Vaccination Clinic offers free COVID-19 vaccines to the Boise State community and the general public. All currently FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen) are available by walk-in or online appointment.