Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective, especially at keeping you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
Recent studies report that the COVID- 19 Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. It might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated people.
COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection. It is important to get vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19.
After receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building protection.
Once you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing more. After you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic. It is still recommended to wear a mask while indoors on campus.