What You Need to Know
• COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective
• Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in US history
• CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible
• If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume many activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying. As with vaccines for other diseases, people who are up to date are protected best. CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster shot.
Approved or Authorized Vaccines
Three COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in the United States to prevent or mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Pfizer and Moderna are COVID-19 MRNA vaccines and are preferred. You also may choose to get Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.