General Information on COVID 19 Vaccines

Currently, two vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent COVID-19. Three other vaccines-AstraZeneca, Janssen and Novavax--are still in clinical trials. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses and are not interchangeable. You must receive the same vaccine for the second dose either three weeks apart for the Pfizer vaccine or four weeks apart for the Moderna vaccine for the vaccines to help protect you from getting COVID 19. Some people may experience side effects which are normal signs your body is building protection and should go away in a few days. Common side effects include pain and swelling on the arm where you got your shot, fever, chills, tiredness or headache. If you have had an severe allergic reaction to other types of vaccines or injectable therapy, such as the flu vaccine, ask your doctor if you should get the COVID 19 vaccine. The CDC recommends those with a history of severe allergic reaction not related to vaccines or injectable therapies, such as food, pet, venom, environmental or latex allergies, get vaccinated. Contact your healthcare provider or pharmacy to be placed on the waitlist to receive a vaccine. More information on COVID 19 vaccines can be found at the CDC website at