Covid-19 vaccines safe, doctor says


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Gotwals Healthy Press reporters has a burning question for Dr. Sarah Sparks-Stroinski: Are Covid-19 vaccines safe for kids? 

“Yes, they are safe,” said Dr. Sparks-Stroinski, a doctor at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. The medical community makes sure that vaccines are safe before recommending people get them, she said. They do trials on a certain number of kids to make sure that they are safe. 

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Dr.Sparks-Stroinski said it is important to get the vaccine because it will help prevent people from getting sick. The vaccine also decreases the spread of the virus to other people. She said the Covid vaccine teaches the body’s immune system how to fight off the coronavirus if a person were to become infected. 

Scientists have been working on a new way of making vaccines for along time, she said. So when Covid-19 hit, scientists were able to develop a vaccine quickly to help prevent it. She said some common side effects of the vaccine are a sore arm and feeling run down or tired. She added that these side effects usually go away within a day. 

A person cannot get Covid-19 from the vaccine, Dr. Sparks-Stroinski said, because the virus is not being put into your body. 

Dr. Sparks-Stroinski said that vaccines are not a 100% guarantee that you will not get sick, but they are preventing people from going into the hospital. 

— By Healthy Press reporters