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Why does “the science” mean opposite things to different experts?
“The science” is not one thing but a collection of research going on all over the world. COVID-19 is a new virus that only recently entered our world. Scientists and policy makers are evaluating complex information and trying to reach areas of agreement in the midst of this pandemic. All are doing their best to understand this virus and how to protect communities. For everyone, there is a certain amount of learning as we go.
When do I know enough to get a vaccine and make other decisions about my family’s health?
We talk with sources we trust including our own doctors, school nurses, pharmacists, and other trusted health care professionals. These people are familiar with our family’s health and our communities. They can help us make the best decision for our families. But nothing is etched in stone, and we all need to be open to new ideas and changing circumstances.
Why is there conflicting information about masks?
Before COVID-19, research about masks was mostly about disposable paper masks used during surgery. We did not have research looking at the real-world use of the variety of masks now being used. And, since COVID-19 is new, we did not have information about the impact of wearing masks on COVID-19 disease or spread. One thing we did learn about masks last year was that mask use combined with social distancing helped prevent spread of influenza and all respiratory viruses.
What weapons do we have against COVID-19?
Masks are one of them. Vaccines are even better. Wearing masks prevents at least some amount of COVID-19 spread.
What did Operation Warp Speed accomplish?
Operation Warp Speed gave us our best weapon against COVID-19 – vaccines!
Operation Warp Speed successfully accomplished its mission – to develop, manufacture, and begin distribution of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. Operation Warp Speed recognized the key role of the pharmaceutical industry and the importance of the private sector in developing vaccines. Public funds were used to fund the production of candidate vaccines so that the vaccines that proved to be safe and effective would be immediately ready for the public. Operation Warp Speed built on many years of research. It did not rush or shortcut evaluation of COVID-19 vaccines.
Why should children be vaccinated against COVID-19?
Though older adults are the most vulnerable, children and teens can get seriously sick from COVID-19.
No shortcuts are being taken with COVID-19 vaccine research or recommendations. Once they are recommended for your children, taking advantage of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is our best weapon against COVID-19 disease and development of new variants. The best way to protect ourselves from a serious complication from COVID-19 when a family or household member gets infected is with everyone else in the household being vaccinated! It is not practical to mask and socially distance in our homes.
How safe are COVID-19 vaccines?
Over 357 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been used in more than 189 million people in the U.S., including adults and teens down to the age of 12. We have a convincing track record of their safety. Because so many adults and teens have had the vaccine, we have already learned about any rare side effects. Since side effects are so rare and generally very mild, the benefits of getting a vaccine to prevent a serious case of COVID-19 far outweigh the risks of side effects from the vaccine. Though you can still get COVID-19 if vaccinated, it is extremely rare to get a serious case. That is exactly what being safe and effective means.
Should I wait for a newer COVID-19 vaccine that targets the newer variants?
We continue to learn as we go. But you need to make the best choice for your family now. Getting vaccinated helps prevent serious disease, hospitalization, and death. Getting vaccinated also helps prevent new variants from developing.
What are your risks of not vaccinating?
The known risks of getting COVID-19 and becoming sick, including long-term heart and other complications, are much higher than the common sore arm or 1 to 2 days of flu-like discomfort after
COVID-19 vaccination. As we learn, you can always get additional boosters or new vaccines tackling newer variants. Make the best decision for your health now.
Afraid of needles? Afraid of long-term side effects?
Don’t let fear stand in your way. Find a vaccine buddy to text with you through the process. Let vaccination staff know you are nervous. They can help you with breathing and relaxation. It is very important to understand that there are no known serious long-term side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine or from any of the vaccines used today.
More resources on COVID-19:
Information on Variants:
COVID Data Tracker:
Resources for 12+ COVID-19 Pfizer Authorization:
- Made to Save Talking Points for Pfizer 12+ Authorization
- Getting Your Child Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine – Healthy Children
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens CDC
- COVID-19 Preteens and Teens Fact Sheet
- Teens for Vaccines against COVID-19
- Teens for Vaccines against COVID-19 Vaccine toolkit
- Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States
- How to Have Productive Conversations with Anti-Vaxxers & Vaccine Hesitant Parents
Resources for COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated People:
Resources for COVID-19 Vaccine:
- The Case for Vaccines: Why They’re Important as Ever, and How to Approach Tricky Conversations About Them
- COVID-19 Resource Library PA against COVID-19
- COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ from the CDC
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Questions
- Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccination
- Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines
- About COVID-19 Vaccines
- Power & Immunity Toolkit from the American Lung Association and the Center for Black Health and Equity – an informational guide for understanding immunization and the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Boosting vaccine confidence in multicultural patient communities
- The Vaccine Education Center at CHOP has released our English and Spanish versions of the COVID-19 mRNA Q&A:
- Vaccinate your Family – Information and Resources on COVID-19 and COVID-19 Vaccine: https://vaccinateyourfamily.org/vaccines-diseases/covid19/
- Q&A on COVID-19 Vaccine: https://vaccinateyourfamily.org/covid19faq/?fbclid=IwAR2zGusmolxUeOvlTB1RiM55mhmNIda_u0S3StTnTH7pA_gb7sKJXD-eES8
- Key things to know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program
- Ensuring the safety of COVID-19 Vaccines
- VACCINE MISINFORMATION FIELD GUIDE_eng
- Immunity Community COVID-19 and Immunizations Resources
- Ask the Experts, COVID-19 and Routine Vaccination, Immunization Action Coalition
- PhilaVax: Vaccination guidance
- CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center, COVID-19 Vaccine Q & A
All PA residents 12 years of age and older are now eligible for the vaccine, where to find clinics :
- PA Dept of Health – find a map of vaccine clinics
- Vaccines.gov – find a vaccine near you
- CVS and other pharmacy also provide the COVID-19 vaccines.
- Check your local health department website for more info for your county!
Resources for Healthcare and Vaccine Providers:
- The Pediatric Healthcare Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit provides materials to help healthcare providers give parents clear and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines. The toolkit includes answers to common questions, an explanation of how mRNA vaccines work, and printable materials to give to parents.
- Healthcare providers can customize and send this sample letter to encourage their patients to get a COVID-19 vaccine. It includes the new recommendation that everyone aged 12 and up get a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Toolkit for reaching healthcare professionals – Find key messages, sample social media content, and educational resources for healthcare
- Booting Vaccine Confidence in Multicultural Patient Communities
- [Spanish] I got my COVID-19 vaccine because V2
- [Spanish] All about COVID-19 vaccines
- [Korean] I got my COVID-19 vaccine because
- [Korean] All about COVID-19 vaccines
- [Chinese] All about COVID-19 vaccines
Originally designed to reach the Amish communities but, this is a good basic series of educational material for all:
- LGHealth_Amish_COVID19_Vaccine3DidYouKnow_AD_7.4wX9.6h_HR (1)
- “Me Vacuno Por Mi familia, mis pacientes y mi cominudad”
- “Lo que usted necesita saber sobre la vacuna anticovid”
Resources for COVID-19:
- Q&A COVID Vaccination from Ad Council and the COVID Collaborative with the involvement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pediatric Visits and Childhood Immunizations in Pennsylvania
- Importance of Well Child Visits During COVID-19
- CDC’s Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic
- 2021 Immunization Schedules: The child and adolescent immunization schedule and the adult immunization schedule are now available for order on the CDC website.
- Harvard Health Blog, “Is it safe to see the pediatrician for vaccines and medical visits?”
- COVID-19 Data Dashboard, World Map and U.S. Map, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
- How to Protect Yourself , CDC
- Vaccinate Your Family’s Call, Don’t Cancel: Talking to People about Vaccinations during the COVID-19 Pandemic; Hablar sobre la importancia de vacunar durante COVID-19
- CDC’s Preparedness Tools for Healthcare Professionals and Facilities Responding to Coronavirus (COVID- 19) gateway page, featuring “Delivery of Adult Clinical Preventive Services, Including Immunizations”
- Suggested questions to send to the reporter after you’ve secured an interview
- Talking points for spokespersons from AAP
- Template Media Pitch
- Template Letter to the Editor
- Template Letter to Families
- PA AAP Response to Extension of Immunization Requirements
- PA AAP Response to Pharmacists’ Scope of Practice