FDA Approves Vaccine for COVID-19

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As of December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine.  

The New York Times released a free article explaining how the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine works.

Here is some information on the vaccine from the CDC.  

  • The CDC has developed a tracking tool for the vaccine called, v-safe.  People who receive the vaccine can track with v-safe through their smart phone.  This app will help the CDC monitor any safety issues that arise with COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be needed for a complete treatment of the vaccine.
  • Because supply of the vaccine is limited, the first round will go to medical workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
  • After taking the vaccine, it is normal to experience side effects.  The side effects may feel like the flu, but can be expected to diminish in a few days.
  • Cost will not be a hurdle in order to receive the vaccine.  Tax payer money will buy doses of the vaccine for the public for free.
  • While the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved for emergency use, there are other vaccines in development.  
  • It is important to continue using all the tools we have to fight COVID-19.  Wearing masks and social distancing, and hand-washing remain vital to protecting ourselves and each other from the virus.
For more details, please go to the CDC website.