*Note: due to the nature of the vaccine rollout, some information in this article may no longer be current.
COVID-19 has spread throughout the world. But now, there are authorized vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States: the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Two doses are needed for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Pfizer vaccine must be given 21 days apart and the Moderna vaccine must be given 28 days apart.
The vaccines can’t be fully effective if someone does not get both the doses, the same doses, and at the correct time. If someone gets only one vaccine dose, they will not be fully protected from COVID-19.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is for individuals 16 years of age and older. The common side effects from this vaccine is a pain when it’s injected, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and tiredness. These side effects are experienced after the second dose of the vaccination.
Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was made public on December 18, 2020. This vaccine is for individuals 18 years or older. This vaccine also comes with side effects that will last for seven days. The common side effects are: tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, swelling, nausea, and fever.
These vaccines won’t be available to regular Americans for some time. The vaccines will be given to front-line workers first (that includes firefighters, police officers, food workers, postal workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, teachers, and daycare workers).
People 75 years and older will receive the vaccination second. People 65 to 74 years will also receive the vaccination, and then people aged 16 to 64 years, with underlying medical conditions, will receive it last.
After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you will not test positive for the COVID-19 test. If you have already had COVID-19, and recovered, you will still need to get the vaccine.
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