Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Grant

Grant: What We Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Two COVID-19 vaccines have now been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and immunizations have begun across the country in the first wave of roll-out. Although the vaccines offer new hope in our collective fight to gain some control over the deadly coronavirus, we are at the starting line of a massive effort to get most of the U.S. population vaccinated.

So, what do we know so far about the vaccines and the immunization process? Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Grant addresses some of the most common COVID-19 vaccine questions people ask.

For example, is the vaccine safe? The short answer from experts is yes. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines went through rigorous testing. And the FDA will only release vaccines they deem to be safe after an extensive evaluation process.

For some, the mere speed of vaccine development causes some skepticism about their safety. But Dr. Grant notes that scientists had a big head start because they were able to use research from previous outbreaks caused by another virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

What about mRNA, which the COVID-19 vaccines are made from? How does herd immunity work? Will the vaccines allow us to get back to our normal way of life? Dr. Grant answers these questions here.

As the vaccination process continues, it’s important to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and keep social distancing. And if you have questions as to whether a COVID-19 vaccine is best for you, check with your physician for guidance.

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