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We get it. We all have COVID fatigue. But this won't go away by wanting it to go away... unless we do our part. This site has information about myths vs. facts related to COVID and the vaccine. For more information about getting tested, how to get the vaccine and the latest news and numbers from your area, visit your local health department's website. You can find it by selecting your county from the dropdown menu below.

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MYTH

I already had COVID-19, so I don't need the vaccine.

FACT

Vaccination is a safer and more dependable way to build immunity to COVID-19.

Vaccination provides a high level of protection against COVID-19 and can give added protection to those who've already had COVID. One study showed that people who have had COVID-19 and don't get vaccinated are more than twice as likely to get COVID again as those who get fully vaccinated after recovery.

Protect your family.

Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you get sick, you can spread COVID-19 to others. You can also continue to have long-term health issues after COVID-19 infection.

Did you know?

Research has not yet shown how long one is protected from getting COVID-19 again after they have recovered from COVID. Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19.

MYTH

COVID-19 doesn't impact kids as much as older adults.

FACT

Some children get very sick, require hospitalization, and have even died from COVID-19.

The vaccine can help keep children from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19. Children 5 years and older should be vaccinated regardless of whether they have already had COVID-19. It can help them safely participate in school, sports, playdates and other activities.

Stop the spread.

Vaccinating children can help protect family members, including siblings who are not eligible for vaccination and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected.

INSIGHTS

"I'm a Family Medicine doctor and what I most want for my patients is for them to avoid untimely death and suffering from preventable disease. COVID vaccination prevents death."

Dr. Rebecca Steinke
Family Practice of Grand Island, P.C.

MYTH

COVID-19 vaccines will affect my fertility.

FACT

Countless studies have shown the vaccines do NOT affect fertility.

There is no evidence that vaccination against COVID-19 reduces fertility in men or women. In fact, medical organizations that serve people of reproductive age, including adolescents, recommend vaccination for people considering becoming pregnant in the future.

Side effects are rare.

Serious side effects of any sort are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination. Side effects to a vaccine generally happen within six weeks, and the FDA collected data on the COVID-19 vaccines for a minimum of eight weeks after the final dose.

Did you know?

The current technology used for the COVID-19 vaccines has been in development for many decades. Scientists have been studying the structure and have determined it to be the safest vaccine technology ever.

MYTH

Vaccines don't work or save lives.

FACT

Vaccines have a long history of working and saving lives.

The current technology used for the COVID-19 vaccines has been in development for many decades. Scientists have been studying the structure and have determined it to be the safest vaccine technology ever.

Polio vaccine.

Polio once disabled an average of 35,000 people in the U.S. each year. The virus spreads from person to person and can cause paralysis and death. The first polio vaccine was available in the United States in 1955. Thanks to widespread use of the vaccine, the U.S. has been polio-free since 1979.

Tetanus vaccine.

Tetanus causes painful muscle stiffness and lockjaw and can be fatal. Parents used to warn kids about tetanus every time we scratched, scraped, poked or sliced ourselves on something metal. Now, the tetanus vaccine is part of a disease-fighting vaccine called DTaP, which provides protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).

In October 2021, an unvaccinated person had:
  • 10x risk of testing POSITIVE for COVID-19
  • 20x risk of DYING from COVID-19
Compared to fully vaccinated persons with boosters.