How we know it’s safe to get the vaccine

Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are being developed with unprecedented speed, but conflicting information has created some mistrust of science and medicine. To understand the safety of these new COVID-19 vaccines, UCSF Magazine talked to experts including Lisa Kroon, PharmD, who leads the School’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

When it comes to determining if a vaccine is safe, “I’d first look to the FDA’s rigorous evaluation process for COVID-19 vaccines,” Kroon says. “Despite the unfortunate insertion of politics into the handling of the pandemic, I turn solely to the science, which is what the FDA reviews.”

“I’ve been impressed with how the companies developing the vaccines have made their data on safety and effectiveness so readily available to the public,” she added.


How can we be sure the new COVID-19 vaccines are safe? (UCSF Magazine)

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Leading on COVID-19 vaccinations

The School of Pharmacy has been an integral part of UCSF’s efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines. From inoculating patients to educating the public on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, the School is working to be part of the solution to the coronavirus pandemic.

Check back for our latest coverage of the vaccination roll out.

About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.