What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness and How to Address Patient Questions and Concerns

The fully captioned video and edited transcript will be posted within the next few days.

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This COCA Call will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020


COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. More than 50 million people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

During this COCA call, clinicians will receive an update on COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, including data on COVID-19 vaccine safety in pregnancy. Clinicians will also get information about the v-safe COVID-19 Pregnancy Registry, which collects additional health information that helps CDC monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in people who are pregnant.

As more people in the U.S. become eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, clinicians are likely to hear increasing questions and concerns from patients who want more information about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. It is natural for people to have these questions, and clinicians play a critical role in answering them. In this call, clinicians will learn effective strategies for responding to safety and efficacy questions they may hear, and in doing so, promote confidence, communication, and update of COVID-19 vaccines.

“The content and conclusions in this presentation are those of the authors and presenters and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” 


Tom Shimabukuro, MD, MPH, MBA
Vaccine Safety Team Lead
COVID-19 Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kathleen Dooling, MD, MPH
Medical Officer
Co-lead, Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices COVID-19 Vaccines Work Group
COVID-19 Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stephen Perez, RN, PhD
LT, U.S Public Health Service
Clinical Lead, Vaccine Confidence Team
COVID-19 Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Tuesday, March 09, 2021,
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

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