Updated October 11, 2021
WHY WE RECOMMEND COVID VACCINATION
All eligible people should get fully COVID vaccinated per CDC recommendations.
- Fully vaccinated people (bit.ly/3edFZmX) are not required to quarantine after a close contact COVID exposure, but should wear a mask indoors in public in a high COVID transmission area.
- COVID vaccines do not cause infertility, pregnancy complications or menstrual complications.
- COVID vaccines were developed without cutting corners: bit.ly/3bb4nUk & bit.ly/3sizg0u
- Most experts believe that your choice is either to get vaccinated or eventually get COVID.
COVID-19 infection risks
- There have been over 712,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.
- Full COVID vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization > 10x and death > 11x.
- From 4/1/20 through 6/30/21, 140,000 U.S. children had a parent or caregiver die from COVID-19.
- Since 1/1/20, pediatric COVID deaths are rare (499), but more common than flu deaths (188).
- Since 1/1/20, children under 18 yo account for 16% of the cumulative total US COVID cases, but the proportion of cases in children increased to 27% of reported weekly cases by 9/30/21.
- Children often have mild or no COVID symptoms, but some develop significant health problems:
- High vaccination rates limit in-school COVID transmission & lower the need for in-school masking.
- U.S. COVID vaccines remain effective against current COVID variants: bit.ly/36ULAKm
COVID-19 vaccination risks
- Over 233 million Pfizer & 152 million Moderna vaccine doses have been administered in the US.
- COVID-19 vaccines are part of the most intensive vaccine monitoring effort in U.S. history.
- Safety data are reassuring on the first 8.9 million teens who received the Pfizer COVID vaccine.
- Typical side effects are chills, headache, fatigue, pain, redness and/or swelling at the injection site.
- Post-vaccine adverse event monitoring has shown that myocarditis following mRNA COVID vaccination is far less common (0.005%) than myocarditis following COVID infection (2.3%).
- Post-vaccine myocarditis recovers with rest and/or minimal treatment: bit.ly/2RJLhyd
- Anaphylaxis to an mRNA COVID vaccine dose is rare (2 to 5 people per million vaccinated). Anaphylaxis to amoxicillin is about 100 times more likely.