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What happens if I delay my vaccine?
Delaying the vaccine is not recommended as the longer you wait, the longer you remain unprotected and prolong your risk of getting COVID-19. Research on the approved COVID-19 vaccines showed they are highly effective against COVID-19 based on clinical trials with tens of thousands of participants
and the real world data is showing the same. A delay in vaccination and building herd or community immunity also gives the virus time to mutate, and if there are groups of people with partial immunity facing a highly transmissible virus, the virus could evolve to be resistant to current vaccines.
Since it’s not yet clear how long immunity after COVID-19 infection or vaccination will actually last, it’s really important to stop the virus circulating as soon as possible in case immunity starts to wane. If this happens, it will create a window of opportunity for the virus to resurge. This is why getting as many people vaccinated as soon as possible is important. The sooner that a large proportion of the population is immunized, the sooner we can lift all the public health restrictions that are in place to protect us.
Thoughts from people in BC
I was feeling a bit bummed that my vaccine appointment is later than some who booked after me, but then I realized how amazing it is that within the next two weeks, basically my entire friend group will get their first shots! This time next month, we'll all have some immunity!
— Arley McNeney (Cruthers) (@Arley_McNeney) May 12, 2021
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