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Building confidence with community stakeholders is an E.WE Foundation priority. In partnership with Greater Than COVID, we are sharing resources and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine and addressing the health inequities in some patient communities. 

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for some patient groups. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency-use authorization (EUA). Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines.. These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.

Though the U.S. has seen tremendous progress in the fight against COVID-19, there are still causes for concern in the rare disease community. Emerging data shows COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective for people with some immune-compromising conditions. Patients and caregivers with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, new mask guidance, or other best practices to stay safe are urged to talk to their healthcare team, particularly if they have received a solid-organ transplant, have immunocompromising conditions, or are taking immunosuppressive medications.

If you have concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, please speak with your doctor or a trusted healthcare professional.

Key Things to Know About the COVID Vaccines:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • Side effects are normal signs your body is building protection and usually go away in a few days.  
  • Available to every person 6 months of age and older.
  • Free of charge, whether you have health insurance or not.
  • Available regardless of immigration status.

What to Expect After Vaccination

  • You may have arm soreness and feel achy.
  • Some people have a headache and/or fever.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:

2 Boosters

  • People 65 years and older, 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions, or 18 years and older who live in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot.
  • Adults ages 50 years and older
  • Some people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised

1 Booster

Source: Greater Than COVID www.greaterthancovid.org | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov.