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COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines are the key to ending the pandemic. For more information, visit Vaccines.gov.
Vaccines are the key to ending the pandemic. For more information, visit Vaccines.gov

On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14043 Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees to promote the health and safety of the Federal workforce and the efficiency of the civil service.

To ensure compliance with an applicable nationwide preliminary injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, DHS will take no action at this time to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. DHS plans, however, to continue to collect and use employee vaccination status information for purposes of determining applicability of other safety protocols, such as testing, masking, and travel. Employees who have not already completed the VSS may provide their vaccine status information for these purposes. Employees who have not provided vaccine status information and proof of vaccination will be treated as unvaccinated for purposes of COVID-19 safety protocols.

If you have specific questions regarding your personal health conditions and the vaccine, we ask that you speak with your personal healthcare provider for more guidance.

What are breakthrough cases?

Breakthrough cases are when individuals, who are fully vaccinated with the recommended doses of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and are 14 days past their last dose, contract COVID-19.

How common are breakthrough COVID-19 cases?

No vaccine is 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people. As of August 2021, only 7,525 out of more than 164 million vaccinated citizens have experienced a breakthrough case.

Does the strength of the Delta variant make a breakthrough case more likely?

The Delta variant does have a greater potential to infect people, but the people at greatest risk are those who are not vaccinated.

If you are vaccinated and get COVID-19, how likely are you to experience severe symptoms?

Breakthrough cases that result in hospitalization and death are rare. Most individuals who experience a breakthrough case have minor symptoms.

Are some people more likely than others to get infected after being fully vaccinated?

While data doesn’t show a more “susceptible” group, those who have chronic illness or are immunocompromised maybe more vulnerable.

What preventative measures can I take to reduce my chance of getting COVID-19?

Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Follow the CDC and your state/local government guidelines.

Myth: I don’t need the vaccine because I’ve already had COVID-19.

  • Fact: Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Myth: Coronavirus vaccines were developed too fast to be safe.

  • Fact: Coronavirus vaccines are safe. The vaccines that are being deployed have undergone strict and rigorous clinical trials.

Myth: I can’t get COVID-19 if I’m vaccinated.

  • Fact: Infections do happen in only a small proportion of people who are fulling vaccinated, event with the Delta variant. When these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild.

Myth: Coronavirus vaccines alter DNA.

  • Fact: COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. mRNA instructs out cells how to make a protein the triggers an immune response.

Myth: I can get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

  • Fact: None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

Myth: If I’ve been vaccinated, I don’t need to wear a mask.

  • Fact: To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to other, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

For more information on myths and fact, visit the CDC's More Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines page.

Protect Your Bubble

A “bubble” is an unofficial term used to describe individuals outside your immediate household with whom you feel comfortable spending time with during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being a part of a “bubble” can potentially limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission because “bubble” participants are upfront about following guidelines and adhering to those prevention measures over time.

View the Protect Your Bubble myth and fact flyer.

Visit CDC’s COVID-19 vaccines website to view additional resources.

Last Updated: 02/11/2022
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