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Health Minute: COVID-19 Vaccine

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WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, in cooperation with local health care systems, has started distributing the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine.

Experts believe the vaccine may help keep people from getting seriously ill, even if they get COVID-19.

Getting vaccinated may also help protect those around you, especially those who may be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

Although the vaccine is estimated to be 95% effective, you can still get COVID-19, even after completing the vaccination series. For this reason, vaccinated people will still need to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, wash their hands frequently, and avoid large indoor gatherings.

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Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.