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Back to Pratt: I’m concerned about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. Why is Pratt requiring them?

Pratt has announced its vaccine requirement months in advance of the fall 2021 semester so its community will have time to gather information, consult with their health care providers, and take other steps to inform themselves of their choices. The three vaccines that have been deemed safe and effective for Emergency Use Authorization or have been approved by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) are the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. This guidance can also be applied to COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) (see the WHO site for the latest list of authorized vaccines).

The CDC has detailed information on the vaccines including how they are being monitored for their safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality that supports this emergency use. The benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine include prevention of serious illness, hospitalization, and death from the virus.