How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

There are multiple COVID vaccines at various stages of the development, approval and distribution process. These include Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax. Clinical trials for the vaccines show that they are safe an effective. Those who are vaccinated, if they do get COVID, are extremely unlikely to get a severe enough illness to require hospitalization or become fatal.

As with other vaccines, the more people who get immunized, the greater the community-wide protection against the disease.

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1. How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?
2. Is the vaccine safe?
3. What are the side effects from the vaccine?
4. What adverse reactions were reported for the vaccine?
5. Will the vaccine give me COVID?
6. How many doses do I need?
7. How do I know if a message or email offering vaccination options is legitimate?
8. When will I get vaccinated?
9. Who should get the vaccine?
10. If I had COVID, should I still get vaccinated?
11. Do I get to choose which vaccine I get?
12. Once I get the vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask?
13. How soon can we get back to pre-pandemic activities?
14. How does the vaccine work?
15. Does the vaccine change my DNA or implant a chip?
16. What is in the vaccine?
17. Where do I find accurate info about the COVID vaccine?
18. Where can I get my COVID-19 Vaccine Record?
19. Do I need a booster?