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Was the COVID-19 vaccine rushed?

Anisa M. Ibrahim, MD, FAAP


​No, the COVID-19 vaccine wasn't rushed. There was a great sense of urgency worldwide, scientific attention and teamwork to help make the vaccine possible—and to save lives. An incredible amount of work went into the COVID-19 vaccine. We know that parents like you trust us to care for your children. That's why we are here for families and ready to answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccines are safe and effective.
Although widespread use of mRNA vaccines is new, the technology to make the vaccine has been studied for decades before the pandemic. Scientists also have spent decades studying coronaviruses, like the one that causes COVID-19.

There were no shortcuts. Once they knew what virus was causing the pandemic, it was more straightforward for them to make a vaccine. That's why the COVID-19 vaccine works similarly to other vaccines your child has had. All safety processes were followed and none were rushed.

Scientists across the world worked together. They shared a lot of information and got a lot of support to study the vaccine, its efficacy and get vaccines out the public. Because of this, we now have a COVID-19 vaccine.


Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best thing to do for your child's health. COVID vaccines are also our best hope of ending the pandemic Call your child's pediatrician and tell them you're planning to have your child vaccinated.

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Anisa M. Ibrahim, MD, FAAP

​Anisa M. Ibrahim, MD, FAAP, is a member of the AAP executive committee for the Council on Immigrant Child and Family Health​ and practices (general pediatrics at Haborview Medical Center, in Seattle, Washington). She is a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington.

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