About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like wearing masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.

Together, being vaccinated for COVID-19 and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19. If you receive the vaccine, you significantly reduce your body’s ability to host the virus, thus slowing the spread. The COVID-19 vaccines are extraordinarily effective at protecting you from the virus.

If You’ve Already Tested Positive For COVID-19

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, we encourage you to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you have previously had COVID-19. The CDC says that experts do not yet know how long you’re protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. However, if you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Additional Useful Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and the benefits of vaccination.

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Get the latest updates on vaccine news.

Ohio Department of Health
Learn more about Ohio’s plan to distribute safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines statewide to those who choose to be vaccinated.