PPMM Health Center Staff Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
The approved COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested on tens of thousands of volunteers from diverse and representative age and race/ethnicity backgrounds. The vaccines have been determined to be effective and safe by the medical and scientific community who made it their highest priority to develop the vaccine as fast and safely as possible.
The three-phased testing process for vaccines is the same as every other vaccine approved prior to COVID-19. A safety board approved every study, and the FDA carefully reviewed the data from every phase of every vaccine trial. Vaccine developers have ensured that clinical trials reflect the nation’s diversity. Data will continue to be collected two years after a vaccine is first administered to ensure that the long-term effects are safe. You can review the evidence yourself by viewing the public information on the FDA’s website.
Some commentators have noted that the some of the COVID-19 vaccines utilized mRNA. mRNA is a messenger RNA and the vaccine uses a piece of mRNA that tells a cell to make a specific protein. An mRNA vaccine is not a virus and can’t cause disease.
The medical establishment’s history of racism and abuse toward Black, Indigenous, and people of color that has resulted in deep mistrust. This coupled with current day structural racism have contributed to COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on people of color. These realities make access to the vaccine of critical importance. PPMM is committed to providing our staff, patients, and the communities we serve with all the information they need to make an informed decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and deciding what is best for their health and safety.
If you’re skeptical or concerned about the vaccine or side effects, we hear you. The likelihood of a severe side effect is less than 0.5%. When mild side effects occur, they are a normal sign your body is building protection to the virus, and most go away in a few days.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the vaccine, including the last date the answer was updated.
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