Talking Points: Educating Residents/Staff About COVID-19 Vaccines
These talking points have been derived from official resources including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Development & Approvals
Coronaviruses have long-been researched, providing the crucial building blocks for the development of vaccines protecting against COVID-19.
SARS and MERS are two coronaviruses previously researched that have helped to inform strategies for developing a COVID-19 vaccine.
When a vaccine is authorized for emergency use authorization (EUA) (like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines), it means known and potential benefits of a vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine.
Safety & Side Effects
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
You may have symptoms like a fever after you get a vaccine. This is normal and a sign that your immune system is learning how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
For most people, these side effects will last no longer than a day or two.
All the COVID-19 vaccines that are being used have gone through the same safety tests and meet the same standards as any other vaccines.
A system is in place across the entire country that allows CDC to watch for safety issues and make sure the vaccines stay safe.
Register with v-safe at cdc.gov/vsafe. The free tool uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe also reminds you to get your second dose if you need one.
Even after you get your vaccine, you will need to keep wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, washing your hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you do not live with.
Experts don’t know how long the vaccine will protect you, so it’s a good idea to continue following the guidelines from CDC and your health department.
Benefits & Calls to Action
All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19.
Experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you—including those most at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough.
Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available.
Stopping the spread starts with you.
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