At this moment in the COVID-19 pandemic, your choice to be vaccinated impacts not only your own health, but the health and safety of your friends, family, community, and even the nation. That’s why it’s so important that you get immunized as soon as you possibly can.
While we should celebrate the progress we’ve made toward ending the pandemic, we can’t relax just yet. Every day we still see concerning rates of new COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. And although increasing numbers of people are getting immunized, we’re not where we need to be, and we’re still at risk of prolonging the pandemic or even seeing it worsen again. The answer? Everyone who can be immunized should do it now, and that means you.
There’s no reason not to get vaccinated – it’s safe, effective, available, and free. If you’ve already had COVID-19 and think you’re protected from it, you’re not. You can become re-infected and suffer more serious symptoms, or pass the virus along to someone more vulnerable, including friends or family members.
It’s also important to receive all required vaccine doses. Recently, we’ve seen a concerning trend of people receiving the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, but not returning for their second dose. Being half-immunized isn’t enough. If you’ve received your first vaccine dose, please remember to follow through on your second appointment. If you missed your second vaccine appointment, you can still schedule another one and get fully immunized. Also, after receiving all doses, remember to wait the required time afterward for the vaccine to provide full protection.
We should be proud of all the progress we’ve made as a community, but we still have a long way to go if we’re going to end this pandemic for good. If you’re not immunized, you’re not fully protected against COVID-19. It’s time to get vaccinated.
Although ACPNY is not presently offering COVID-19 vaccines, we are here to answer your questions and also recommend visiting one of the many NY State sites or NYC sites or retail locations, or consulting the CDC’s comprehensive vaccine finder.