How do we know if vaccines are safe?
  • The FDA requires that vaccines undergo a rigorous scientific process, including three phases of clinical trials, before they authorize or approve the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are subject to the same safety standards as other vaccine trials. 
  • The independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board overseeing Phase 3 trials of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines has not identified or reported any serious safety concerns. All phase 3 studies have Data Safety and Monitoring Boards. The boards are made up of independent scientists hired by the company to look at the safety data and check at regular intervals whether the company should cancel or continue with the study.  
  • Additionally, two independent advisory committees will review a vaccine’s safety data before it is made available to the public. These committees are the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), which advises the FDA, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which advises the CDC.

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1. Can I get the vaccine right now?
2. How do we know if vaccines are safe?
3. What are the side effects of the vaccines?
4. Should I worry about myocarditis as a side effect of the vaccine?
5. Can I get COVID-19 from a vaccine?
6. How was the vaccine able to get developed so quickly?
7. If I have recovered from COVID-19 and completed my isolation period, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
8. Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to get the vaccine?
9. Will the vaccines have any effect on fertility?
10. How do I become a vaccine provider?