7 Things You Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines Version en Español Here are seven facts you should know before taking your shot: No serious side effects were reported in clinical trials. Temporary reactions after receiving the vaccine may include a sore arm, headache, feeling tired and achy for a day or two or, in some cases, fever. In most cases, these reactions are good signs that your body is building protection. More information. Scientists had a head start. They are built on decades of research on vaccines for similar viruses. A big investment of resources and focus made sure they were created without skipping any steps in development, testing, or clinical trials. More information. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The vaccine gives your body instructions to make a protein that safely teaches you to make germ-fighting antibodies to fight the real COVID-19. More information. The vaccine protects against the Delta variant. The Delta variant, which is now predominant in North Carolina, is much more contagious than the original virus. Vaccines continue to be remarkably effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the Delta variant. More information. A hundred million people in the U.S. have already received their COVID-19 vaccine. More information. It works. And once you’re fully vaccinated you’re protected. The vaccines are proven to help prevent COVID-19 and are effective in preventing hospitalization and death. More information. The vaccine does not affect fertility. Vaccination for those who are pregnant or wanting to become pregnant is recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology. The CDC issued an urgent health advisory on Sept. 29, 2021, urging vaccination for people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might be pregnant in the future. More information. Ready to find your spot and take your shot? Use the NC Vaccine Provider Directory If you have more questions, we encourage you to read our FAQs, call the NC COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567, or send us a message.