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    COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Vaccines must pass some of the toughest safety measures in medicine. The process to approve and monitor vaccines has been around for decades. It’s the same process used to develop vaccines for measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), and seasonal flu viruses.  

    The process to bring a safe and effective vaccine to you begins with clinical trials. Trials are ongoing for COVID-19 vaccines. Throughout vaccine development and distribution, numerous safety measures are in place.  

    COVID-19 vaccines are safe for kids. Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 15 million children in the United States have gotten COVID-19 vaccine.  

    While COVID-19 is often milder in children than adults, children can still get very sick and spread it to friends and family who are immunocompromised or vulnerable in other ways. 

    Pregnant people may be at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Pregnant people and their families should take steps to stay healthy and reduce their risk for getting COVID-19. Learn more here: Pregnancy, Birth, and Caring for your Newborn.