Getting vaccinated is the safest way to prevent yourself, your family, and your community from becoming seriously ill with Covid-19. It is also the safest and quickest way to end the pandemic. Here are some trusted sources of information about Covid-19 vaccines.
These vaccines are very safe. All have passed strict safety protocols and safety monitoring for them is the most comprehensive in U.S. history.
Two systems monitor vaccine safety,
- The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), VAERS is the national system that collects reports of adverse events that happen after vaccination.
- v-safe – after vaccination health checker. This system was established by CDC specifically for COVID-19. V-safe is a smartphone app. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
In the first month of monitoring reports from both systems, no unexpected reactions or safety concerns were identified.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the best place to look for additional information about the safety of the vaccines.
Right now, three vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and the one-dose Johnson and Johnson, are available in the United States.
All three vaccines offer excellent protection from severe illness and disease and have reported 100% effectiveness in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in their clinical trials. And, these results are being confirmed in real world settings.
This remarkable effectiveness makes these vaccines similar to some of the best vaccines ever created, such as those for chickenpox, measles, and polio.