Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

You're ready to get back to the things you love. Dinners with friends. Concerts with strangers. Birthday parties. Hugs! But you're also concerned. Is the vaccine safe? Does it work? Do you really need it?

Why did I get the vaccine?

“Because I believe in the science.”

Dr. Uma Borate
Oncologist

“So I can hug my grandpa.”

Dr. Megan Smetena
Pharmacist

“So I can go to a concert again.”

Rachel
Staff Nurse

Hear from our doctors and nurses

While your personal decision may feel complicated, the science is clear and simple. Health experts around the world agree that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and critical to protecting you and your loved ones. At the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, our doctors, nurses and medical professionals have their individual reasons for getting the vaccine, but they share a common goal: getting through this together.

Dispelling the myths

Darrell Gray, II, MD, MPH, explains why getting the vaccine is a critical step toward closing the gap in a long legacy of health care disparities.

Reaching out to everyone 

Hear why nurse practitioner Ida Ayensu got the vaccine and hopes to lead by example in the African American community.

Dr. Gray's personal message to the African American community

Dr. Gray sees the vaccine as one step toward addressing health care disparities among minority communities.

The Columbus Black Physician Network

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted people of color. Various black physicians in Columbus share why the vaccine can be trusted and the importance of everyone getting vaccinated.

Ohio Department of Health hosting virtual town halls

There is a lot of dangerous misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. To help correct these falsehoods and answer questions you may have, the Ohio Department of Health is hosting COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls to help you sort fact from fiction.

The virtual town halls will be held:

  • Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. 

Visit the Ohio Department of Health website for details on how to watch, either live or on-demand after the event.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Have more questions? We have more answers. Read all COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions.