There are multiple COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). This means the clinical evidence for the vaccines have met the authorities’ rigorous scientific standards and are considered to be safe and effective. They have been studied in clinical trials with large and diverse groups of people, of various ages, races and ethnicities.
Vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19 without having to get sick or put yourself and others at risk of severe illness and death.
Getting vaccinated is a much safer way to build protection than getting the disease.
COVID-19 can have serious, long-term or life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get infected, you could spread the disease to friends, family and others around you.
You may have some side effects after getting vaccinated. That’s a normal sign that your body is building protection—and they should go away within a few days. Your arm may be sore or swollen. You may also feel tired, have a headache, fever, or chills. This does not mean you have COVID-19—in fact, it’s not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines.
Vaccines are being administered by trained health professionals. Some people might be offered a vaccine that requires two doses, given several weeks apart, while other people might be offered a single-dose vaccine. It may take several weeks after vaccination for your body to be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
It is very important to consider being vaccinated not only for yourself, but your community and the global community. We will be in a better position to fight COVID-19 with more people being vaccinated. Think of your closest colleagues, family and friends- they’d take action and get vaccinated.
Vaccination is not just for you- it’s to make your community safe for all people that you care about.
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