While COVID-19 continues to spread amid misinformation about the science of vaccination, evidence abounds that vaccines protect those who get them.

So far, 4,682 Marshall Countians have been fully vaccinated. Only four of them have since tested positive for COVID-19, the health department reports, and they endured mild symptoms such as a temporary headache and, in a separate case, loss of taste and smell. Health officials see vaccinated residents as proof that vaccines work.