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Greensboro College is committed to providing a full educational experience for our students in 2021-2022. A hard-working team of faculty and staff have met throughout the year on plans to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread while still nurturing our close-knit campus community. We have researched and employed the most expert advice available and have adapted – and will continue to adapt – our guidelines as needed.
COVID-19 vaccine basics
The COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at preventing people from getting very sick. Vaccinated people are much less likely to go to the hospital or die from COVID-19.
Vaccines work by training your immune system to recognize and fight off a specific germ before it has a chance to make you sick. Even if you already had COVID-19, getting vaccinated can help your immune system fight the virus better in the future.
No vaccine is 100% effective. It’s still possible for fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19, but unvaccinated people are at far higher risk.
When you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you’re not just protecting yourself. You’re also protecting other people around you who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 — like older people, pregnant people, and people with disabilities or other health conditions.
COVID-19 vaccine development
Clinical trials have proven that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Tens of thousands of people from different races and ethnicities have participated in clinical trials to make sure the vaccines are safe — and that they work.
The COVID-19 vaccine trials were randomized controlled trials — the gold standard for proving that vaccines work. Researchers in each trial gave one group of people a vaccine and another group a placebo (a shot with no vaccine in it). Then they compared how many people in each group got COVID-19. Based on these trials, researchers learned that fully vaccinated people are much less likely to get COVID-19.
Experts around the world worked together to develop the COVID-19 vaccines quickly and safely. The development process was fast because international researchers, scientists, and government agencies worked together in new ways to put an end to the pandemic. They didn’t skip any safety steps.
Scientists have been working on the mRNA technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for more than 20 years. These vaccines work by delivering a small strip of genetic code (the mRNA) that teaches your immune system to protect against a key protein — in this case, the spike protein on the surface of the COVID-19 virus.
Vaccine side effects
It’s normal to have some side effects — like feeling tired and achy — for a day or 2 after getting vaccinated. These side effects are signs that your body is building up protection, and that means the vaccine is working.
There’s no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines can affect your ability to have kids.
Researchers haven’t found any long-term side effects from COVID-19 vaccines.
You can’t get COVID-19 from a vaccine. The vaccines teach your body to fight off COVID-19. There’s no live COVID-19 virus in the vaccines, so they can’t give you COVID-19.
Variants are new versions of COVID-19. Some variants spread more easily, and some may cause more serious health problems.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from variants. Fully vaccinated people are less likely to get very sick, go to the hospital, or die from any type of COVID — including the variants.
When more people get vaccinated, it’s harder for new variants to form. That’s because the COVID-19 virus needs to infect someone before it can change into a new variant, and vaccinated people are less likely to get infected.
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