The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to those 6 months and older. The vaccine will help keep you from getting COVID-19. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
The COVID‑19 vaccines do not use the live virus and cannot give you COVID‑19. It will help protect you by creating an immune response without having to feel sick. Please remember:
- Do not show up at a hospital or clinic looking for vaccines.
- Instead, please check their website for information about vaccine availability. Call if the website does not answer your questions.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Map
Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19.
- All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
- Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on the severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Some children may have mild and temporary side effects after COVID-19 vaccination.
- Children receive a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine than teens and adults, based on age, not size or weight.
- Children who have already had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated for added protection.
- Children can safely receive other vaccines the same day they receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
- Stay up to date! Routine vaccination is an important preventive care service that should not be delayed.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause problems with becoming pregnant.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant can protect you from getting very sick from COVID-19. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, COVID-19 vaccination builds antibodies that can transfer to and help protect your baby. The COVID-19 vaccine has gone through the same strict development studies that all vaccines go through to ensure they are safe.
Ask your healthcare provider about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Remember; do not show up at a hospital or clinic looking for vaccines. Instead, please check their website for information about vaccine availability. Call if the website does not answer your questions.
Covid-19 Vaccine Information Resources
|General Information||DSHS: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx#fourthings|
|COVID-19 Vaccine and pregnancy||CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html|