COVID-19 vaccine: I’m young and healthy. Do I need the vaccine?

Your COVID-19 Questions Answered. VA is listening to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and hosting a blog series on questions from Veterans. Tell us what you think.

I’m young and I don’t have any chronic health conditions. Why should I get the vaccine?

You should get the COVID-19 vaccine even if you are young or if you don’t have any chronic health conditions because the effects of COVID-19 are unpredictable. The CDC reports that even though many people with a COVID-19 infection only have a mild illness, some become very sick from COVID-19. Even for those without an increased risk from advanced age or chronic health conditions, your symptoms can be severe or long-lasting. In extreme cases, you could even die.

You should receive the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure you are protected from a severe illness from COVID-19.

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