Everything We Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine
By: Eris Lowdermilk
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available. Though there are certain age groups and employees who will receive the vaccine before it is offered to the general public, here is what you need to know.
The vaccine is provided in two doses. Depending on the specific vaccine, the second dose is about three to four weeks after the first dose. This is to provide the utmost protection from the virus.
Currently, there is a limited supply of vaccinations in the United States, but that will change once the vaccine is widely available. At the moment, since the U.S. is in the first stages of distributing the vaccine, these vaccines come from the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) from the FDA. Other vaccines will develop in the meantime, in order for everyone to be vaccinated.
The cost of the vaccine is free to all Americans, but vaccination providers may be able to charge fees for providing the shot.
The vaccine does have the possibility of side effects. These side effects are known to be similar to flu-like symptoms and could alter daily activities. The symptoms will diminish after a few days. These symptoms are signs of building protection from COVID-19.
Though a vaccine is out, this does not mean one is completely protected from COVID. A vaccine is just one way we can all ensure safety for ourselves and others. There are other strains out there that are still being investigated. Continue to follow the three W’S.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, January 5). 8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html