In the United States, two vaccine candidates have applied for Emergency Use Authorization.
Vaccine will slowly begin to become available in our community in December 2020.
Who will be receiving the vaccine first?
The vaccine doses that come first will go to healthcare workers and others at highest risk of getting exposed.
As more vaccine is available, additional priority groups will receive the vaccine.
We expect production of vaccine to increase in 2021, when there will eventually be enough supply of the vaccine for everyone who would like to receive it.
Americans will not have to pay for vaccine purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars; an administrative fee may be allowed to be billed but no one will be turned away because of cost.
The first COVID-19 vaccines will require 2 doses, 21-28 days apart.
Current vaccine candidates will be for adults.
Vaccine safety is a priority – new vaccines undergo serious reviews in a lab and through trials. Early results from trials show the vaccine has worked as it is supposed to with no serious side effects.
It is unknown how long immunity from the vaccine will last. Individuals may/may not need a booster dose or a dose each year.
The vaccine does not cause someone to get sick with COVID-19. Vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as a sore arm or fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs the body is building immunity.
It typically takes the body a few weeks to build immunity after a vaccination.
The vaccine will not cause an individual to test positive on viral test which look for current infection. If the vaccine causes the intended immune response, there is a chance an individual could test positive on an antibody test that can show previous infection.
Individuals that receive the COVID-19 vaccine will still need to wear a mask. Experts need to learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before changing recommendations.
COVID-19 Vaccination Resources:
It’s ok to ask questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Make sure you rely on credible information to get your answers . Credible sources include:
Information that is researched, written, approved, and peer-reviewed by subject matter experts
Information from a healthcare professional such as your doctor