FACT FINDERS: Are there any long-term health consequences with the COVID-19 vaccines?

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 5:51 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 10:02 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Some have been hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine because they are worried about the possibility of long-term health consequences.

The CDC said the possibility of any serious, long-term health issues caused by the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the U.S. is very unlikely.

It said if side effects are going to happen they most often happen within six weeks after getting a vaccine. Millions have gotten the vaccines and researchers have, so far, found no long-term side effects.

Dr. Sean Elliott with Tucson Medical Center said while the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are newer, the science behind them is not. He said it’s at least a decade old and the safety studies have been excellent.

”There are a lot of people looking over vaccine safety and to prove that the vaccines remain safe short-term, middle-term, and long-term. We’re not magicians, we cannot predict the future, but we can be pretty good at looking at any major negatives and so far, they’re not there,” he said.

However, CDC will continue to watch closely for any safety concerns of these shots. If one arises, the FDA and vaccine manufacturers will work together to address it.

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