On December 11, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This was followed by the CDC’s recommendation for use, clearing the way for delivery and administration of the vaccine throughout the country. Initially, supply will be very limited, and individual states will decide how the vaccine is allocated.
Who is in charge of vaccine distribution?
Each state has a working group, composed largely of public health officials, that has been making decisions about vaccination plans. Here is a list of each state's plan for distributing the vaccine.
When will I have access to the vaccine?
Because a limited supply of vaccine doses are available, the vaccine will be distributed in phases, starting with people in critical need. Want a sense of where you are in line? The New York Times created a tool that will give you an estimate, based on your age, location, profession, and whether you have COVID-related health risks.
What do I need to know about the vaccine?
The FDA sent out this factsheet for patients and caregivers which includes side effects, special risk populations and tracking second doses.
Where can I get the vaccine?
As more doses become available, the vaccine will be distributed through pharmacies, doctors’ offices, clinics, and public health sites.
What should I do now?
Stay vigilant about protecting yourself from COVID-19. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least six feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.
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