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Stoughton Health wants to make sure everyone in our community has the real facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. Because knowledge is power—and working together we can get back to normal everyday living
COVID-19 VACCINE FACT CHECK
Following are common questions we’ve heard at Stoughton Health, along with our honest answers.
The CDC and Public Health are also great resources for the most up to date COVID-19 information.About COVID-19 Vaccines
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I already had COVID-19. Doesn’t that mean I can’t get it again?
Having COVID-19 before doesn’t seem to stop people from getting infected again with omicron. It may reduce the chance of severe illness, but there’s no guarantee. Whether you already had COVID-19 or have been vaccinated, immunity decreases over time—somewhere between 3 and 6 months after the last vaccine, booster or infection, depending on your age and the health of your immune system.
People who got vaccinated are still getting COVID, so what does that say about the vaccine?
Some people might say the vaccine doesn’t work because there are “breakthrough” cases (i.e., when someone who is fully vaccinated gets infected). But that statement doesn’t hold water.
Yes, some people will get sick even if they are vaccinated. But that doesn’t in any way mean the vaccine isn’t effective. Here’s how Stoughton Health looks at the vaccine in relation to breakthrough cases …
First, the vaccines were designed to keep people out of the hospital and to keep them from dying. The vaccines are still very effective in doing that because the majority of patients hospitalized are not vaccinated. Here’s another way to look at it …
Getting vaccinated is like putting sunscreen on before you go fishing or work outside. Sunscreen provides a significant amount of protection against sunburn, but depending on the person, and how long that individual is exposed to the sun, may also determine whether or not they get burned and if so, how severely they’re affected.
Shouldn’t everyone be entitled to their own opinion about the vaccine?
Absolutely. That’s why Stoughton Health is doing all we can to make sure everyone in Stoughton and surrounding communities has the real facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. That way, they can form an opinion based on information they know is true.