If you’ve been following the news, you’ve heard about various drug companies seeing emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Over the coming weeks and months, there will be a deluge of information on how to get the vaccine, whether it’s safe, how much it costs, and how effective it is. That just scratches the surface, however, when it comes to this scientific breakthrough to help put an end to this pandemic that has upended just about every aspect of society over close to the past year.
Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has a list of frequently asked questions that may be helpful as you navigate through information regarding the vaccine.
Is the Vaccine Safe?
Vaccine candidates from Pfizer and Moderna, the first two companies in the United States to apply for approval, reported no serious side effects in vaccine trial subjects. Others have paused trials while issues have been investigated, but they have not yet sought approval.
When Will the Vaccine Be Available?
It’s expected that Pfizer’s vaccine, the first to seek approval, will begin distribution and application by the end of 2020.
Who Will Be Eligible to Receive the Vaccine First?
The CDC came out with guidance that recommends states distribute the first doses to long-term care residents (including skilled nursing facilities) and those working in the healthcare industry.
Can I Get Infected Even if I’m Vaccinated?
Both Pfizer and Moderna found between 90-95% efficacy in their vaccines, which is much higher than the 75% that was expected early in the process. Most of those who were vaccinated and still got sick did not have severe symptoms.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
The vaccine will be widely available at doctor’s offices, public health clinics, and pharmacies. It’s also expected that specific COVID-19 vaccination locations will be created in many areas.
How Much Will the Vaccine Cost?
There will likely be no charge for the vaccine itself. Local facilities may charge administration or other fees, which would have to be paid out of pocket, but that is likely to be more of the exception than the rule.
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