COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

An educational video series to help you better understand the vaccines and how they help stop the spread of COVID-19.

For over a year, we have all made big and small changes in our daily lives to stay healthy and safe. From daily self-screening of symptoms, to limiting our contact with others, to wearing masks and physically distancing, to increased hand washing.

Now, we can finally get control of COVID-19. Vaccines help us to stop the spread. With every vaccination, our families and communities are one step closer toward a healthier future.

Understanding how vaccines work is an essential step in understanding why vaccination is so important. Below is a video series to help you understand the science behind vaccinations, with an even deeper dive into COVID-19 vaccines. You’ll learn the facts about how the human body fights infectious diseases, details on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and safety, and what you can expect when you get vaccinated.

Feel free to watch the full series in one sitting, or jump to the topic that most interests you.

Background on Vaccines

Let's start by understanding the science behind all vaccines, and why they work.

Introduction to vaccine video seriesHow does the body fight infectious diseases?What are vaccines and how do they work?How do vaccines fight infectious diseases?What are the risks with the vaccines?

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines have been developed thanks to unprecedented collaboration and funding. But vaccines don't work if we don't vaccinate. Right now, it's important that we understand what they do—and what they don't do—so we can make an informed decision to get vaccinated.

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?How well do the mRNA vaccines work?how safe are the mRNA vaccines? What are the side effects?How do viral vectors vaccines work? What is the efficacy and safety of viral vector vaccines?What about unknown long-term risks?Will vaccines control the spread of COVID-19?How were the vaccines developed so quickly?What can you expect when you get vaccinated?Closing message

References

The information above was gathered from a variety of scientific sources, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). This resource is meant for educational purposes, and should not be relied upon as medical advice. For a more detailed list of references and sources, please go here.

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