Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated. Safety is the first priority. The process used to authorize the COVID-19 vaccines is the same proven process that was used to create safe and effective vaccines for the flu, polio, measles, whooping cough and more. While the COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine authorized for use.

This vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. This vaccine gives your body a code which helps it recognize the virus, so your body can fight it off in the future. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

More information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) website:

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1. Can children and adolescents get vaccinated through MCHD at this time?
2. Do minors need parent/guardian consent to receive vaccinations?
3. I was able to schedule an appointment elsewhere and would like to cancel my appointment with MCHD - who should I contact?
4. What phone number will appear if you are contacting me via phone regarding any questions or issues?
5. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?