AOA, Statements

America’s leading physician groups unequivocally support COVID-19 vaccines

Joint statement from Group of Six organizations representing frontline physicians

By Group of Six


Group of Six:
American Osteopathic Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
American College of Physicians
American Psychiatric Association

Washington, D.C. – Our organizations, representing nearly 600,000 physicians, residents and medical students, accept the large body of evidence that makes clear that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, are effective and save lives. We urge members of Congress to acknowledge the overwhelming evidence-based science and recognize how COVID-19 vaccines protect and save millions of lives.

As medical professionals who treat infants, children, adolescents, and adults through the end of life, we actively work to dispel harmful misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as other recommended immunizations. We are trusted sources of information in our communities who counsel our patients on the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines are one of the most effective public health tools we have to prevent spread of the virus, hospitalizations and death. All recommended vaccines that are used in the U.S. are subject to rigorous testing, extensive clinical trials and global efforts to measure their success rates.

Amid a harsh respiratory virus season, increasing vaccine confidence and uptake is imperative. Lives depend on it. Unfortunately, we continue to see a concerning decrease in vaccine confidence and an increase in dangerous misinformation that undermines public health.

Now more than ever, we need leaders from health care, government and our communities to come together to encourage vaccination.