Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

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Question: Why should I bother getting the vaccine when the immunity will wear off and I will have to get a booster?

Answer: A booster shot is currently being developed. What medical professional do not know is if it will ever be needed. The best situation would be to get a vaccine that gives lifelong protection. That does not always happen with the human body. Many other vaccines require at least one booster shot in a person’s lifetime to maintain immunity.


Get the Shot! - Alabama ExtensionMarilyn Bulloch, Associate Clinical Professor, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy

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It’s true that the vaccines are not officially FDA approved. However, before they were authorized for use, the were studied in tens of thousands of patients. That may not sound like a lot for most people, but the COVID-19 vaccine trials included more patients than what are enrolled in clinical studies evaluating most new medications. Since the vaccines have been made available for use, over 1 billion people have been vaccinated.

More information on COVID-19 science and research is available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Get the Shot! - Alabama ExtensionMarilyn Bulloch, Associate Clinical Professor, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy

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No vaccine or medicine is 100 percent effective. This is even true for common diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. There is a small amount of people who will get the COVID-19 vaccine and still catch the virus. However, similar to what we have experienced with other vaccines, the vaccinated people who catch COVID-19 generally have a mild disease with few complications. Right now, almost everyone who is experiencing severe or critical COVID-19 is unvaccinated. It’s true, the vaccine may not keep people from catching the virus, but from what medical professionals know right now, it minimizes people’s risk of requiring hospitalization.


Get the Shot! - Alabama ExtensionMarilyn Bulloch, Associate Clinical Professor, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy

New July 2021, Know the Truth About the Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines

 

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