The first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be administered 21 days apart. The first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine should be administered 28 days apart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly urges patients to schedule their second dose as…
Yes. According to existing clinical trial data, authorized Covid-19 vaccines are shown to be safe and effective at preventing Covid-19 when recipients receive the two specified doses of each vaccine based on the timing used in the trials.
Vaccines support our immune system’s complex and robust defense mechanisms by preemptively exposing the body to a weakened or dead version of a germ, bacterium, or virus.
Once administered, vaccines don’t harm your body. Instead, they trigger the production of a vital protein known as an antibody.
There has been a lot of discussion about whether the FDA should use its authority to grant what is known as “emergency use authorization” for a Covid-19 vaccine and what this might mean for patient safety.
When enough people are vaccinated, vaccines can also protect communities from diseases through “herd immunity.” Herd immunity -- also known as “community immunity” -- is achieved when enough people in a given area develop immunity to a disease thereby making further spread unlikely.
Public health officials and scientific experts are responsible for deciding who should receive a vaccine and when they should receive it. The biopharmaceutical research companies developing vaccines for Covid-19 have no role in the review and recommendation processes.
The federal government is delivering vaccine shipments in bulk to states, which are then responsible for distributing the doses to different vaccination sites, such as pharmacies and clinics. Therefore, the vaccine is available in different places in different states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has great information on the Covid-19 vaccines, including a FAQ page. Another CDC resource will direct you to state Department of Health websites. Those sites will help you determine when you can get the vaccine in your area. This website …