Two COVID-19 vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, have received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food + Drug Administration (FDA)3. The vaccines will be available to all individuals free of charge (as required by the CARES Act). The federal government has pre-purchased hundreds of millions of doses.
- Early supplies of the vaccine are limited.
- Plans are underway at the state level for safe, equitable, and effective delivery.
- Teams of public health officials are creating priority groups.
- We are hopeful that over the next few months, most high-risk groups will have had an opportunity to be vaccinated.
The vaccine will require two doses, given 21 or 28 days apart depending on the vaccine. You will need to take both doses for the vaccine to be effective.
Be aware of vaccine scams
As COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins, be aware that scams are starting to emerge. It’s important to know what signs to watch for, including:
- You are asked to pay out-of-pocket to get the vaccine or early access to the vaccine
- You are asked to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access
- Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment
Learn more about how to protect yourself and report potential COVID-19 fraud here
To learn more about your specific state, and for the most up-to-date information, go to:
Centers for Disease Control