Health and Counseling

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Making an Informed Decision

Panel discussion by Nazareth faculty and staff experts on common misinformation and concerns.

I have specific or personal questions. Who can I talk to?

Students: If you would like to have a confidential individualized session to learn more, please contact Health and Counseling at 585-389-2500.

Faculty and Staff: Please contact your medical provider or Nazareth Human Resources to learn more.

Depending on the nature of your questions/concern(s), Health and Counseling and/or Human Resources can help to arrange a conversation with a health provider or with a staff member in Nazareth's Center for Spirituality. You are also encouraged to discuss the COVID-19 vaccines with your own medical provider(s).


How do I know if the vaccines are safe and effective?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rigorous scientific standards. Research continues to support the safety and real-world efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). See the evidence for each COVID-19 vaccine and the reasoning behind the FDA’s emergency use authorizations.


I have questions about how the vaccines are made.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


What about side effects, fertility, ingredients?

COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact


I am well aware of the history of racism impacting health and well-being, including medical harm. I’m also really worried about the heightened risk of the COVID-19 for people of color.  Where can I learn more about the safety of the vaccines specifically for people of color?

Yes, it is understandable that our students, faculty and staff of color may feel significant caution and concern. On the one hand, there is a history of troubling and unethical racist medical interventions, on top of the long-term impacts of racial bias in health and medical care.  And at the same time, the COVID-19 virus has disproportionately impacted people of color in terms of severity, mortality, economic and social impact, showing the urgency of vaccination for people of color.

We care about your concerns and will work with you to get reliable information. 

In addition, we have been heartened by the attention to racial disparities and concerns in our Greater Rochester Area vaccination effort. 

Some additional resources:


How can I get vaccinated?

See options: COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement >