The vaccine markedly lowers the probability that you will get infected, that you'll get really sick, and that you will die. We now know that a vaccinated person can still catch the virus and spread it to others, but the data says that the probability of that is lower than it would be if you were unvaccinated. There are no vaccines that are 100 percent perfect, but these vaccines are extraordinarily good.
People say, “I don't mind getting a mild case of COVID-19.” For some people, it really is mild, like a cold. For others, it's like they were run over by a bus. About 5 to 10 percent of people with mild cases of COVID-19 continue to feel terrible a month out—so-called long COVID-19. Some people feel terrible a year out.
So, you can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. And these vaccines are incredibly good, better than our wildest dreams.