Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Yes, the vaccines are safe, vetted by state and federal experts, and authorized for public use. In fact, the CDC reports that the COVID-19 vaccines have undergone the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history

All vaccines undergo rigorous clinical trials to test their safety and effectiveness, including vaccines for COVID-19. The manufacturers must present required data, which is then thoroughly reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After a vaccine is authorized or approved for use, many safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for possible side effects. 


Last Reviewed: 10/25/21

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1. Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?
2. Will a COVID-19 vaccine prevent me from getting sick with COVID-19?
3. I lost my vaccine card or need to obtain my vaccination records. What should I do?
4. What should Scott County residents know about booster shots?
5. If I previously had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to be vaccinated?
6. I’ve heard that there is pork and gelatin in the COVID-19 vaccines. Is this true?
7. Does the COVID-19 vaccine contain live coronavirus cells?
8. Do I still need to wear a mask and practice social distancing if I'm vaccinated?
9. Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required?
10. How long does it take for the vaccine to be fully effective?
11. Do I have to live and/or work in Scott County to get a vaccine at one of the Scott County clinics?
12. What if I have a weakened immune system or a medical condition? Should I still get a vaccine?