Millions of Americans have received a first does of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine with the vast majority experiencing only minor and temporary side effect. The safety and efficacy data has also been reviewed by an independent expert committee called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) which also recommended the COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use.
No safety concerns were identified for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in subgroup analyses by age, ethnicity, underlying medical conditions or pervious SARS-CoV-2 (the name of the visu that causes COVID-19) infection.
You, your family and your community will be safer with each individual that chooses vaccination. Vaccinations have been proven to prevent severe illness and death caused by COVID-19.
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Although the timeline has been accelerated, it doesn't mean we skipped the integrity of the trial and approval process for the COVID-19 vaccine. Scientists have had a jump on developing the COVID-19 vaccine using their experience from previous coronavirus vaccine efforts.
Another way scientists preserved safety and saved time was by working on efforts simultaneously rather than one after another. For example, COVID-19 vaccines were in Phase III clinical trials at the same time they were being manufactured. When it was proven safe and effective, the manufactured vaccines were deployed. If the vaccines don't pass the approval process, which is verified by an independent committee of health experts, the unproven vaccines will not be used.
You should delay your COVID-19 vaccination if you have had a known SARS-CoV-2 (the name of the virus that causes COVID-19) exposure until your quarantine period has ended, unless residing in a congregate setting (health care/long-term care facility, correctional facility, homeless shelter, etc.).
Routine testing for pregnancy or antibody tests are not recommended in relation to vaccine use.
There is no information on co-administration of the current COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should be spaced at least 14 days from any other vaccine.
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for those age 16 and older. Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for those 18 and older.
The vaccines are not recommended for individuals who have experienced a serious reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components. For information on the vaccine components, refer to the manufacturers' package inserts from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Yes, pregnant females are recommended for the COVID-19 vaccines depending on the individual's risk of acquisition due to the level of community transmission, personal risk of contracting COVID-19 due to occupation or other activities, risks of COVID-19 to the mother and potential risks to the fetus, efficacy of the vaccine, known side effects of the vaccine and the lack of data about the vaccine during pregnancy. Special counseling and a 15-minute observation period after vaccination, if chosen, is recommended.
The initial clinical trials did not include children. Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency us to vaccine those aged 16 and up. Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use to vaccinate those aged 18 and up.
At this time, yes, a fully vaccinated individual should still quarantine after being identified as a close contact. The vaccinated individual would not develop symptoms of COVID-19, but given this novel virus, it has yet to be determined if a vaccinated individual would still be able to transmit the virus to others. It is possible the length of quarantine may be shortened or modified. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following the CDC's recommendations for how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
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