Grant: What We Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Debbie Reinheimer

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Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Grant discusses COVID vaccine updates
Three 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 vaccine questions people ask and offers COVID vaccine updates.
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. For more COVID vaccine updates, visit COVID-19 Vaccines: Get the Facts. More from

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Blues Perspectives

Dec 6, 2021 at 6:52pm

Hi Walt. The CDC has a full list of ingredients for each COVID-19 vaccine, which you can find here. These vaccines have been rigorously evaluated for safety in human use.

Walt landers

Oct 3, 2021 at 11:01pm

What are ALL of the chemical ingredients in these various vaccines. And which of them are bad for human use. I had a list but facebood delet we deleted it.

Blues Perspectives

Jun 25, 2021 at 4:14pm

Hi Marcelle. Scientists and doctors with the leading medical institutions across the U.S. and the world support vaccination against COVID-19, but if you or your mother feels uncertain about the decision, we recommend bringing that up with her health care provider. If you need help finding a provider, call the number on the back of your insurance card or use our BCBSM Find a Doctor tool online.

Marcelle (for Mary, my mom) Diorio

Jun 15, 2021 at 6:23pm

My mom and I got our first Pfizer shots on Thursday, May 6th. We NEVER WENT BACK to get our second shots 3 weeks later on Thursday, May 27th. I was hearing things and didn't know who/what to believe. Mom will be 90 years old in July, is on 3 medications, and uses a walker due to gait imbalance, IS IT SAFE FOR MY AGING MOTHER TO GET THE SECOND PFIZER DOSE/SHOT? We want to get them at the same time again.

Blues Perspectives

Jun 15, 2021 at 2:26pm

Hi Charles, scientists and doctors with the leading medical institutions across the U.S. and the world support vaccination against COVID-19. The three COVID-19 vaccinations currently authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA underwent rigorous testing and review.

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