Steps like wearing a mask, washing your hands, and keeping your distance— all those things you're already doing have been helping to protect you and others from getting COVID-19.

When we all do our part, we are giving each other the best protection.

The vaccine may be the safest and most effective way to stop the virus.

So when it’s your turn to protect yourself against COVID-19, here’s what to know.

Just like an invisible protective shield, the vaccine can keep you safe.

And even if you still get sick, you shouldn't get nearly as sick as you might have without the vaccine.

And your illness shouldn't be as dangerous or life-threatening.

The vaccine works with your body so it can fight the virus.

That’s why you may feel side effects, such as a fever, soreness, and feeling very tired.

These are signs that your body is learning how to fight COVID-19.

If you've already had COVID-19, you may still be able to catch it again.

Getting the vaccine gives you extra protection.

You may need 1 or 2 doses.

And you might need booster doses later to help you stay protected.

The more people who get protected, the sooner we’ll end the pandemic.

So try to get yours as soon as you can.

Now here's what you need to remember even after you get your vaccine: Until everyone is protected, social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands continue to help everyone stay healthy.

As experts learn more about COVID-19, advice about what to do may change.

Online resources you can trust are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,, and the World Health Organization.

By getting protected, you help keep yourself and everyone around you safe.

And that's how we’ll get through this together.