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‘Prevention is better than cure.’ A Bonney Lake doctor’s message to her patients and anyone else who hasn’t gotten their COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Neena Chawla is an internal medicine physician at Sound Family Medicine in Bonney Lake where she talks to patients every day about COVID-19 vaccine. The most frequent question she gets asked is, “Are COVID-19 vaccines really safe?”

Dr. Chawla’s answer is always the same.  “Yes!” 

“I trust the CDC and the FDA to approve a vaccine that would be safe for the community,” she said. “We have looked into the side effects of the vaccine as to what the severity is and how rare they are. And after looking at all the research, we have found that [it’s] quite safe for the community.”

One of the first things Dr. Chawla tells patients is why she got vaccinated and why she knows the vaccine is safe and effective.

“I got the COVID-19 vaccine because I want to protect myself, my family, my patients, my coworkers and anybody that I come into contact with from coronavirus,” she said.