By CBSBoston.com Staff

SPRINGFIELD (CBS) — The general public will have access to Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines later this year. But given the opportunity to choose, is one better than the other?

Baystate Health President and CEO Mark Keroack answered that specific question at a news conference with Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday.

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“It’s a coin flip. They are equally effective. Side effect profiles are similar. I really wouldn’t get hung up about that. I’d be thrilled to have a third or fourth in the pipeline as well, it’d speed up the whole process,” Keroack said.

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“I think people should be perfectly happy with either one,” said Baker.

The governor compared the coronavirus vaccine to the flu shot. “My view would be I get a flu shot, I have absolutely no idea who manufactures the flu shot,” he said. “There are federal guidelines this is operating under.”

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Baker also pointed out that two other vaccines, from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, could become available, leading to even more options.

CBSBoston.com Staff