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A sign shows the way to a recovery area to monitor any immediate side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17, 2020, in Reno, Nevada. Patrick T. Fallon /AFP via Getty Images

What COVID-19 vaccine side effects might I expect?

Many people never experience the least bit of discomfort from the COVID-19 vaccines, but mild side effects are common. They include swelling in the affected arm, nausea and chills.
An unidentified doctor talks with a boy who holds a lollipop reward after participating in a measles vaccine research program in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, in 1963. NASA/PhotoQuest/Getty Images

What’s in a name for a vaccine campaign? Maybe the end of the pandemic

Vaccination has been controversial from its beginning. Gaining people’s trust in vaccines has been crucial. An important part of that is a strong communications plan.
Tamara Dus, director of University Health Network Safety Services, administers a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

5 factors that could dictate the success or failure of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines has raised hope for an end to the pandemic. Hopefully that’s true, but there are variables. Here are some factors that could affect the success of the vaccine rollout.
If too many Americans refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine, achieving population immunity will be difficult. Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Americans have unrealistic expectations for a COVID-19 vaccine

Two in five Americans say they don’t want a COVID-19 vaccine, which is a problem. Finding out what Americans do want from a vaccine might help.
Francesca Passer, a registered pharmacist technician, carefully fills a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine at a vaccine clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Dec. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Can COVID-19 vaccinations be mandated? Short answer: Yes

Employers could require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 via both workplace policies and existing laws. Neither option, however, is simple or straightforward.
The drug maker company Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective with no serious side effects. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/VIEW press/Corbis News via Getty Images

Coronavirus vaccines: health experts identify ways to build public trust

The United Nations recently asked a group of experts across the world to recommend ways to persuade people to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Here is a summary of their suggestions.

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