How long does it take for the vaccine to be effective?

You will not be immediately protected from COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine. Studies show that it takes about 1-2 weeks after your last dose for your body to be able to protect itself against illness. While no vaccine is 100% effective, all available vaccines are shown to be highly effective at preventing moderate, severe and critical cases of COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. While there are several known variants of COVID-19, current evidence suggests the vaccine will protect against them.

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1. Can I get a vaccine now?
2. How do I set up an appointment to get a vaccine?
3. What's the difference between the available vaccines?
4. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
5. What are the side effects of the vaccine?
6. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
7. How many doses are in the vaccine, and how does that work?
8. How long does it take for the vaccine to be effective?
9. After I have been vaccinated, can I stop wearing a mask and social distancing?
10. Can my employer require COVID-19 vaccinations or ask about vaccine status?