The FDA has reviewed all safety data from the vaccine trials and has set an Emergency Use Authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccines were tested to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people volunteered in trials to see how the vaccines would work with people of different ages, races, and ethnicities. The trials also tested people with different medical conditions.
The FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of the vaccine, to make sure even long-term side effects are documented. If there are safety concerns, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will work to solve any issues.
Because COVID-19 is so new, the possibility for long-term health issues is unknown at this point.