A return to normal relies on communicating transparent, scientifically accurate information about vaccines and vaccine technology – including what we know and what we still need to learn. Building confidence in the process and the science is key for vaccines to be a contributor to addressing health inequities that exist generally and specifically with respect to COVID-19.
Gold-Standard Regulatory Review
For decades, vaccine development in the U.S. has followed a gold-standard review process that includes rigorous research, multi-stage clinical trials, robust regulatory review and approvals, and ongoing safety monitoring once an authorized vaccine becomes publicly available. The COVID-19 vaccine authorization and subsequent approval process is adhering to the same rigorous scientific and ethical standards.
Confidence in Vaccines is Essential for Our Health, Economy and Society
Scientists in the U.S. and around the world agree that vaccines are the best defense we have against COVID-19 and that vaccination is the quickest path to stopping the spread of this disease. COVID-19 vaccination is the safest, most reliable way to get our lives and our economy back on track.
Protect Yourself, Protect Your Community
A vaccine works best when everyone has the confidence to be vaccinated. Vaccine use that is consistent with CDC recommendations is needed if we are going to stop the spread of COVID-19. When you vaccinate, you’re protecting yourself as well as those in your family and your community.
Equitable Access to Vaccines
In order to ensure equitable access to vaccines, we must also ensure equitable access to information and dialogue at every stage of the process. To create the right environment for vaccine confidence to thrive, a dialogue is needed with organizations representing all those facing challenges from COVID-19, and particularly diverse communities that have been most harmed.
As the leading organizations representing patients, caregivers and families, diverse communities, healthcare workers, older Americans, veterans, frontline workers, and scientists, we believe we have a responsibility to come together to provide information about the clinical trials process, regulatory review, distribution of and access to COVID-19 vaccines in a way that promotes equity and trust.
A vaccine works best when everyone in the community has the confidence to be vaccinated. Widespread use of authorized and approved vaccines is needed to protect ourselves and our community if we are going to stop the spread of COVID-19. To create the right environment for vaccine confidence to thrive, the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project will be the convener of a dialogue among organizations representing a variety of constituencies that face challenges from COVID-19, particularly diverse communities that have been most harmed and those on the front lines of the pandemic. We aim to encourage adherence to robust regulatory review, share knowledge about that process, and raise awareness of the need to ensure that all stakeholders are involved at each stage of the process.