Key Points to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine:
  • The FDA has currently approved three vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen
  • Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have mRNA-based technology, while the Janssen vaccine has an inactivated adenovirus which trains your body to recognize the virus if you are ever exposed to it
  • Clinical trials have shown all three to be effective at preventing severe hospitalizations and death
  • Side effects are mild and generally include fever, fatigue, headaches, body aches and pain at the injection site
  • Booster doses are approved for certain groups who received the Pfizer vaccine series.

What should I Expect After Getting the Vaccine?

Common side effects include: fever, tiredness, chills and headache, pain and swelling at the injection site. 

Severe allergic reactions are rare but can occur. You can read more about allergic reactions here. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about the vaccine. 

For more information visit the CDC website
Read the CDC Guidelines regarding allergic reactions.

Where can I get more information specific to each vaccine?

Currently, the FDA has approved two vaccines, download the vaccine fact sheets to learn more about each:

Note the following details regarding the FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA):

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine – only for ages ≥12 years (Currently has full FDA Approval for ages ≥16 years)
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine – only for ages ≥18
  • Janssen COVID-19 vaccine – only for ages ≥18