Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?
The Pfizer- BioNTech, and Modernaare safe and effective. Millions of Americans have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes the use of new and established monitoring systems to ensure the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Who can get a
A COVID-19 booster shot is recommended for everyone 5 years after they completed their original vaccine series. The FDA has authorized the three boosters – Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are preferred. You may get the Johnson & Johnson in some situations, check with your provider. You may mix and match brands for your booster based on availability. Pfizer is available as a booster for ages 5 and older at least 5 months after completing the original vaccine series. Pfizer and Moderna are available for adults ages 18 and older at least 5 months after completing the original vaccine series. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine you can get your booster two months after your original shot. Adults 50 and older and people 12 years and older who are severely immunocompromised should receive a second booster at least 4 months after the 1st booster.
Can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The CDC recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccinating children from COVID-19 will help protect them and their siblings who may not be eligible yet to receive the vaccine. It will help keep them safe and healthy in schools, on the playground, on playdates, and in the community. Vaccination helps protect the whole family and the community from COVID-19. As always, check with your healthcare provider about what is right for your kids.
COVID-19 Vaccines Videos Project
We have a series of English and Spanish short videos about the COVID-19 vaccines, the product of a unique collaboration between The Immunization Partnership and Amerigroup Texas. And they become especially important as parents and guardians consider the pediatric vaccine for their kids.
The videos encourage vaccination, answer questions about the vaccines, and debunk falsehoods circulating over social media and elsewhere. Such misunderstandings and misinformation contribute to vaccine hesitancy, drive down vaccination rates, and worsen the strain on health workers and resources.
The videos are free, not only to view, but also to download for use in Federally Qualified Health Centers or for other groups or organizations. Take a look, and if you are interested in using the videos, please contact Katy Gore, our Coalitions and Education Program Manager, at KGore@immunizeusa.org.