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Vaccine Information

Adventist Health physicians recommend the COVID-19 vaccine. Research shows that the vaccination is safe and effective in protecting against the COVID-19 virus. The CDC has strengthened its recommendation on COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses.

CDC now recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. For more information regarding COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens, please see the CDC recommendations. For more information regarding COVID-19 booster eligibility, please see the CDC's eligibility table.

Please get your booster shot to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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What about side effects?

There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever or body aches. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. You cannot get COVID-19 from any of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States because they do not contain the actual virus that causes the disease.

While more serious side effects are possible, they are extremely rare. Severe allergic reactions occur in only two to five people out of every 1 million who get the vaccine. By contrast, the risk of dying if you contract COVID-19 is estimated to be between 500 to 90,000 out of 1 million depending on your age.