Do the vaccines work?
You bet they do! Most importantly, they’re really good at keeping people from getting seriously ill and dying.
How good? Here are a couple of ways to look at it:
- You’re about 25 times less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 if you’re vaccinated.
- If you’re vaccinated, you have about a one to three in a thousand chance of being infected - and if you do, chances are you’ll just feel like you got a bad cold.
If they work so well, why are vaccinated people getting infected?
- Blame the math: As more people in a population get vaccinated, the percentage of infected people who are vaccinated also rises.This article includes two video animations that show how this relationship works.
- And don’t forget vaccines are not magical force fields. The COVID vaccines’ primary job is to keep people from getting seriously ill and dying, and they continue to do extremely well. No vaccine is 100% effective, and yet vaccination isone of the most effective public-health measures in human history.