The arrival of the Vaccine is the new hot topic in healthcare. I wanted to spend a few seconds today addressing some of the questions raised by the community members. 

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe? 

Safety is a top priority when developing a new vaccine in the U.S. Federal agencies like the FDA and CDC work closely with the Vaccine (drug) manufacturers to develop and authorize the use of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

Careful testing. All vaccines go through clinical trials to test safety and effectiveness. For the COVID-19 Vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set up rigorous standards for vaccine developers to meet. This infographic from the National Institutes of Health shows the four phases a vaccine must go through before being released to the public.

Any safety concerns with the COVID-19 Vaccine that I should know about? 

There have been no severe side-effects reported with either of the first two vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which are both two-step vaccines. Trails for both vaccines had fully independent monitoring boards, and safety data is always being continuously reviewed and monitored.  

Allergies: The CDC says people with allergies to certain foods, insects, latex, and other common allergens can have the COVID-19 Vaccine. Those with a history of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to injectables or other vaccines should discuss the vaccination with their doctor. According to the CDC, at this time, anyone who has a severe allergy (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine ingredients should not receive this Vaccine.

For more info about vaccine safety, please watch this video: Tell Me More: Vaccine Safety

How effective is the COVID-19 Vaccine? 

According to STAT NEWS: “The Pfizer vaccine showed efficacy of 95% at preventing symptomatic COVID infection after two doses. The Vaccine appeared to be more or less equally protective across age groups and racial and ethnic groups. The Moderna vaccine was 94.1% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 after the second dose.”

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