CHOOSE THE VACCINE, PROTECT YOUR FAMILY

Vaccinations are the most effective way to return to normal and resume everyday activities, safely and responsibly.

As physicians who took an oath to care for people and who have looked closely at the data, we want to share information so you can make good decisions about choosing a COVID-19 vaccination. By choosing to get vaccinated, you can protect your own health and the health of your family.

 

Here’s some information:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are given with NO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS to Americans.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe, with most people experiencing little or mild side effects, including muscle pain, fever and nausea. Severe reactions, or anaphylaxis, has been reported in only 2.5-11 people per 1 million; 0.00025 percent0.001 percent, and no deaths reported from vaccinations.
  • All vaccines are 100 percent effective at protecting people from severe illness that can lead to hospitalizations and deaths.
    • The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are 95 percent efficacious at preventing infection; for comparison, flu vaccines are 40 percent-60 percent effective, measles vaccines are 90 percent effective and the polio vaccine at 100 percent.
  • The vaccines did not skip any safety steps and were developed from existing technology, which helped speed their development.
  • The vaccines do not contain the live COVID-19 virus.
    • Messenger RNA (mRNA), oil and salt are the only ingredients in the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
    • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine (paused on April 13) contains a modified common cold virus that cannot replicate; acids; ethanol; 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD); polysorbate-80 (also in ice cream); and salt.
  • No evidence exists that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility, and in fact 23 women got pregnant during trials; on the other hand, COVID-19 can cause infertility in men.
  • Because COVID-19 vaccines are relatively new, data is still being gathered and concerns about long-term side-effects are reasonable. Vaccines rarely cause long-term side-effects. Safety data on COVID-19 vaccines is reported to a national program called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. This data is available to the public. The CDC has also created v-safe, a smartphone-based tool that allows users to report COVID-19 vaccine side effects.

Vaccinations can safely return America to normal, by ethically and effectively helping the nation reach herd, or community, immunity after vaccinating 70-90 percent of the population. Additionally, faith leaders, including Pope Francis and Robert Jeffress, urge people to get vaccinated, calling vaccinations a moral choice and a “present from God.”

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