Governor Tom Wolf: “The vaccine is safe”

Written by on January 13, 2021

Governor Tom Wolf: “The vaccine is safe”

By Tyler Pratt

January 13, 2021

Screenshot from one of Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 update press conferences.

Gov. Tom Wolf says he wants to separate “fact from fiction” about the COVID-19 vaccine and to dispel rumors that include the vaccine can give you the virus.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, he says.

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“While some people might have minor side effects after receiving the vaccine — and it can last maybe a day or two like aches, chills, low fever or tiredness– It’s actually a good sign. It means the vaccine is doing its job and teaching your body to fight COVID-19.

“When it’s my turn i’m going to get vaccinated and look forward to that day i’m going to encourage my family members and i’m going to encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to do the same,” Wolf says.

While surveys show public interest in the vaccine growing, there may be hesitancy among Latino and Black populations to get the shot. 

Penn State Health’s Dr. Cynthia Chuang recently told Wolf the safety and efficacy of the shot have been studied rigorously. 

“These clinical trials included participants of all ages racial and ethnic background and different health conditions – these trials did a great job of representation our populations,” Chuang says.  

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine also said her department is speaking with Black and Latino leaders, because some in those communities are concerned about getting vaccinated. But she says is also waiting on direction, and money, from the U.S. government. 

“We need a federal plan, a federal communications message that is coming out about the safety and effectiveness,” Levine says.

The vaccines are free. And now, the Centers for Disease Control is planning to move people aged 65 and older to the front of the line…. Include them sooner to speed up roll out.

People are encouraged to contact their health care providers to find out where they stand in line. 

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