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Long COVID: What You Need to Know (and How to Prevent It!)

Published by Nicole Porter on

In our ongoing effort to raise awareness about the importance of protecting ourselves and our communities from COVID-19, this week we wanted to provide some updated information on Long COVID or Post-COVID Conditions (PCC).  Long COVID is a complex condition where people who have had COVID-19 continue to experience a variety of symptoms weeks or months after the initial infection. Read on to learn more about what we know about the condition and what you can do to reduce your risk of developing Long COVID.

What is Long COVID?

Long COVID is a cluster of symptoms that can vary from mild to debilitating, including fatigue, chest pain, brain fog, dizziness, abdominal pain, joint pain, and changes in taste or smell. While scientists are still working to understand why some people develop it, one thing is clear: getting vaccinated significantly reduces your risk.

The Facts

  • Vaccination offers powerful protection. While anyone who gets COVID-19 is at risk of Long COVID, a recent systematic review of 24 studies showed that people who received three COVID-19 vaccines were 68.7% less likely to develop Long COVID compared to those who were unvaccinated.
  • Vaccination effectiveness increases with each dose. Another study found that a single dose reduced the risk by 21%, two doses by 59%, and three or more doses by 73%.
  • Some populations have a higher risk of developing Long COVID. Unvaccinated individuals, women, and communities facing health inequities may have a greater chance of developing long COVID. Getting vaccinated helps protect not only yourself but also those around you who may be more vulnerable.

Protect yourself and your community

The updated COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and readily available. By getting vaccinated, you can:

  • Dramatically reduce your risk of long COVID.
  • Help slow the spread of the virus and protect others.
  • Contribute to building a healthier, more resilient community.

Are you due for an updated COVID vaccine? Visit to find a vaccine appointment near you or contact your local healthcare provider to schedule your vaccination today!


Talking Points and FAQs: COVID-19 Vaccines Prevent Long COVID

CDC | Long COVID or Post-COVID Conditions

The effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine in the prevention of post-COVID conditions: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of the latest research

Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness against post-covid-19 condition among 589 722 individuals in Sweden: population based cohort study