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Are the vaccines FDA approved?
YES. All vaccines currently being used have been approved for Emergency Use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although creating a new vaccine can sometimes take years, many companies were able to quickly advance their development and distribution processes. Part of the speed is due to the use of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) process. This means the vaccine can be approved quickly compared to a traditional FDA-approval process, but that doesnâ€™t mean it cuts corners when it comes to evaluating vaccine data, risks and benefits. Clinical trials are evaluating COVID-19 vaccines in tens of thousands of study participants to generate the scientific data and other information needed to determine safety and effectiveness. These clinical trials are being conducted according to the rigorous standards set forth by the FDA.
All vaccines approved by the FDA for emergency use have demonstrated high efficacy at preventing COVID-19 and also in preventing hospitalization and death in those who did become ill. Find out more by talking to your doctor or get the facts at FDA Emergency Use Explained: bit.ly/39I4A0H (FDA also has a Spanish version of this page available)
Are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine dangerous?
The COVID-19 vaccine can have side effects, but the vast majority are very short term—not serious or dangerous. Some people report experiencing pain where they were injected; body aches; headaches or fever, lasting for a day or two. These are signs that the vaccine is working to stimulate your immune system.
Does getting the COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19?
The vaccine for COVID-19 cannot and will not give you COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the SARS-Co-2 virus, so you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The protein that helps your immune system recognize and fight the virus does not cause infection of any sort.
I’ve already had COVID-19. Will I still need to get the vaccine?
Yes. The recommendation from the CDC is that people who have previously been infected and recovered should get vaccinated since immunity from vaccines will last longer. However, if you have active COVID-19 symptoms, you should delay getting the vaccine until you’ve recovered and met criteria for ending isolation.