Both this disease and the vaccine are new, and scientists continue to learn about the virus that causes COVID-19 and how to stop the spread. We do not know for sure how long protection lasts for those who get infected versus those who are vaccinated. But, what we do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick.
The Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines were tested in large trials done on thousands of volunteers. So far, studies show that immunity from the vaccine seems to last longer than immunity from fighting the natural virus.
It is still recommended that you practice critical public health protocols even after receiving the vaccine.
- Avoid crowds
- Wear a mask in public
- Maintain at least 6 feet distance from people
- Wash your hands often
- Stay home when you’re sick