The emergency authorization of two Covid-19 vaccines before the holidays brought the public a solid dose of hope at the end of an otherwise terrible year. But for many, it has also raised questions: Is it safe to take a vaccine that’s only been around for less than a year?
Once again, we’re not scientists. (Although some of us might wish we were.) But the key thing to know about the Covid-19 vaccines is that while the clinical trial and approval processes have been turbo-charged, safety has not been compromised along the way. The trials for both approved vaccines are huge, enrolling thousands and thousands of participants in multiple countries. That’s a lot of data. Side effects are known to occur, but they’re temporary and generally mild. And while they might mimic symptoms of the virus, these vaccines do not contain live virus—so getting the vaccine might give you aches and a fever for a day or so, but it will absolutely not give you a case of Covid-19.
All that said, we know there are still a lot of questions, especially for people who fall into particular groups like those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, those who are immunocompromised, and those with severe allergies. And on top of plenty of valid questions, there’s a lot of misinformation flying around (here are some common myths, debunked). So we put together a list of 5 awesome scientists and medical professionals that we recommend learning from. They know way more than we do.
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