Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?
The Pfizer- BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of Americans have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes the use of new and established monitoring systems to ensure the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Who can get a
A COVID-19 booster shot is recommended for everyone 16 years and older at least 6 months after they completed their original vaccine series. The FDA has authorized the three boosters – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson&Johnson. If you received the Janssen/Johnson&Johnson vaccine you can get your booster two months after your original shot. You may mix and match brands for your booster based on availability. Currently, only Pfizer is available for those under 18 years old.
Can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The CDC recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone ages 5 years and older to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccinating children from COVID-19 will help protect them and their siblings who may not be eligible yet to receive the vaccine. It will help keep them safe and healthy in schools, on the playground, on playdates, and in the community. Vaccination helps protect the whole family and the community from COVID-19. COVID-19 is one of the top 10 causes of death for children ages 5 through 11 years. As always, check with your healthcare provider about what is right for your kids.
COVID-19 Vaccines Videos Project
We have a series of English and Spanish short videos about the COVID-19 vaccines, the product of a unique collaboration between The Immunization Partnership and Amerigroup Texas. And they become especially important as parents and guardians consider the pediatric vaccine for their kids.
The videos encourage vaccination, answer questions about the vaccines, and debunk falsehoods circulating over social media and elsewhere. Such misunderstandings and misinformation contribute to vaccine hesitancy, drive down vaccination rates, and worsen the strain on health workers and resources.
The videos are free, not only to view, but also to download for use in Federally Qualified Health Centers or for other groups or organizations. Take a look, and if you are interested in using the videos, please contact Katy Gore, our Coalitions and Education Program Manager, at KGore@immunizeusa.org.