Vaccines rarely cause long-term side effects. Any side effects generally happen within several weeks after getting a vaccine. For this reason, the FDA required each of the three COVID-19 vaccines to be studied for at least eight weeks after the final dose. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and they have an excellent safety record. The CDC is closely monitoring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

It’s understandable to worry about side effects. But it’s important to know that serious side effects from vaccines are very rare. On the other hand, COVID-19 is known to cause serious illness in many people with lasting damage and even death. The benefits of the vaccine exceed the potential risks.