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Is the vaccine safe?

The COVID-19 vaccines have been thoroughly tested and the same analysis that is used for all vaccines shows these are safe and effective.

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16+ Eligible for Vaccinations

At this time, in both Iowa and Illinois, those 16 and up are able to get their COVID vaccinations set by the State Health Departments. IOWA | ILLINOIS.

12-15 Years of age Eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

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The COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Here's what we know.

Are the vaccines safe?

Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have received FDA emergency use authorization (EUA).

Early results from trials show the COVID-19 vaccine has worked as it is supposed to with no serious side effects. The FDA advises manufacturers that at least 3,000 participants are required to assess safety. The current Phase 3 of trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have included 44,000 participants, and there were 30,000 participants in the Moderna vaccine trial. These results include more than 2-3 months of follow-up of individuals involved in the vaccine trials.

How much information do we know about the vaccine's safety for long-term care or elderly residents?

Both COVID-19 vaccines are approved for LTCF residents. In the trials, elderly people had good clinical response, just like the younger age group.

Was the vaccine rushed to the market? Should there have been more time in development and testing?

Traditionally it takes years to develop a vaccine. However, once the genetic code of the virus was known, scientists used mRNA technology to develop a vaccine. The FDA and manufacturers conducted multiple regulatory tasks simultaneously to cut down the time to develop the COVID-19 vaccine as the pandemic rages on.

Is the vaccine safe for people who have allergies?

People with severe allergies to any components of vaccines are advised not to take the vaccine at this time. People with severe reactions to any other vaccine, oral or injectable meds, food, latex, etc. should talk with their doctor and if they get the vaccine should be monitored for 30 minutes after.

Is the vaccine safe for people with cancer?

Unfortunately, there is very limited information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination and people with cancer. Visit our cancer page for links to the most up-to-date information from our Genesis oncology team.


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