COVID-19 Vaccines are Working to Keep Texans Safe
With COVID-19 vaccines now available across the state, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control encourage everyone ages 12 and older to get vaccinated.
By getting the shot, Texans are doing their part to get our lives back to normal. The vaccines protect you and those around you, and they help keep people out of the hospital. The vaccines are working!
Learn the facts so you can make an informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccines were tested in clinical trials with diverse races and ethnicities.
The vaccines met rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and quality no corners were cut in the testing process.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends COVID-19 vaccination for children and adolescents 12 years of age and older.
The vaccines do not contain the live virus. You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
Vaccines available from all manufacturers are highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine availability in your community, please visit covidvaccine.texas.gov or vacunacovid.texas.gov. Walk-in appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine are now available at many Texas pharmacies. Unvaccinated people should continue to wear a mask and social distance.
Get the vaccine. Let’s work together for a #HealthyTexas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I get the vaccine?
The vaccine will help you to get your day-to-day life back to normal, so you can do the things you love knowing you have vaccine protection.
Who should get the vaccine?
The CDC encourages everyone ages 12 and older to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends COVID-19 vaccination for children and adolescents 12 years of age and older.
Do I need to get vaccinated if I’ve already recovered from COVID-19?
Yes. Immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine may last longer than the natural immunity you get if you’ve already had COVID-19.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine effective?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are virtually 100% effective at preventing hospitalization and death.
What are some side effects from the vaccines for COVID-19?
Mild side effects are normal signs your body is building protection, and usually go away after a few days. They can include pain and redness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, body aches and even fever.
I’m hesitant to get the vaccine now. Should I wait until later?
You should get the vaccine as soon as possible. Getting the vaccine protects you and those around you.
How do I know if the COVID-19 vaccine is safe?
The vaccines were tested in clinical trials with diverse races and ethnicities. The vaccines are only authorized for use if they are found to be safe. The vaccines met rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and quality—no corners were cut in the testing process.
Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No. COVID-19 vaccines do not use the live virus and cannot give you COVID-19. The vaccine does not alter your DNA.
What other safety precautions should I take?
Unvaccinated people should continue to wear a mask and social distance. Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart during most activities.