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.
There are still a relatively limited number of vaccines available. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines to states on who should receive the vaccine first, based on the most high-risk populations. States are tailoring these guidelines to…
The answer is to meet the needs of every family and community. All individuals – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or health status – should have a safe and effective vaccine available to them.
Likely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently discussing the need for booster shots in individuals already vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC is reviewing plans to roll out booster shots for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines this fall to help people remain as…
At least for now, yes. Like other coronaviruses, the one that causes Covid-19 is primarily a respiratory virus, which affects the organs and tissues involved in breathing (like the lungs).
Not at all. Public safety has always been a top priority for the Food and Drug Administration and vaccine makers, and that is especially true today in the middle of a pandemic.