Now that there are authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, here are 8 things you need to know about the new COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines.
- The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed.
- The CDC is making recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first when supplies are limited.
- There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come.
- After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.
- Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
- The first COVID-19 vaccine is being used under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many other vaccines are still being developed and tested.
- COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic.
See session questions answered, such as how COVID mutated, what mRNA vaccines are, and why you should be confident in receiveing a vaccine.
UMN expert Jason Varin, PharmD, addresses how vaccines and drugs are commonly developed and how the FDA can adapt this process to address public health emergencies, such as the current pandemic.
Throughout the weeks and months ahead, the University of Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Team continues to identify specific target populations of students, staff, and faculty and ensure timely access to vaccines as they become available from state and local public health partners.