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Vax Facts

Oct. 28, 2021

1 So far, over 10 million* people around the world have died from COVID-19.

2 As well as being deadly and highly contagious, the virus can have serious long-term side effects called long COVID.

3 Without the vaccine, almost everyone will get the virus.

4 Those infected without being vaccinated are at least 20 times more likely to get dangerously ill. This is even higher for Māori and Pacific peoples.

5 The vaccine is cleared from the body within a few days, leaving the body's defences strengthened to fight COVID-19.

6 If vaccinated, you are less likely to spread the virus to your whānau, friends, and workmates.

7 The vaccine is Medsafe approved and safer than either the contraceptive pill or common pain relief such as paracetamol.

* Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle