Vaccination Updates

What is a COVID-19 vaccine passport, and will I need one?

“Vaccine passports,” or vaccine certificates, are documents that show you were vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus. They could help you get into places such as stadiums or even countries that are looking to reopen safely. Supporters say they could make re-openings faster and easier. Proof of vaccination or a negative test could be a way for businesses and schools to reassure customers, students and parents that steps are being taken to limit transmission of the virus. Objections revolve mostly around privacy and security — how people’s personal information will be stored — and fairness.

A challenge is creating certification systems that work across vaccine providers and businesses. More than a dozen initiatives are underway to develop a credential that could be stored on a smartphone or printed on paper, using a QR code.  Federal officials say there are no plans to make them broadly mandatory.

Vaccine Tracker

MAP: Covid-19 vaccination tracker across the U.S. The tracker is updated daily by the CDC.

Medicare and the COVID Vaccine

You pay nothing for this vaccine. A COVID-19 vaccine helps reduce the risk of illness from COVID-19 by working with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to the virus.

8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Now that there are authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, here are 8 things you need to know about the new COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines.

When Vaccine is Limited, Who Gets Vaccinated First?

Because the U.S. supply of COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be limited at first, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first.

What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States

The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make this and other COVID-19 vaccines available.

Latest News

CDC Says Vaccinated People Don’t Need to Wear Masks in Most Indoor Settings

Clinical trials showed that the vaccines are incredibly effective at preventing COVID-19, and real-world evidence confirmed those findings.

Biden to Unveil Vaccination Plan This Week

The plan will serve as a roadmap to quickly vaccinating millions of Americans amid frustration over the slow rollout of the initial doses.

Fauci Says U.S. Needs More Time To ‘Catch Up’ On Vaccine Rollout

Health experts warned that the coronavirus pandemic would get worse before it got better. And that is happening. December was the deadliest month of the pandemic in the United States. The vaccines have made people optimistic, but the process has been slow.

Moderna CEO Says COVID-19 Vaccine Protection May Last Years

While speaking at a virtual event by Oddo BHF, a financial service group, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said the once-believed “nightmare scenario” that the vaccine won’t work is now out the window. “We believe there will be protection potentially for a couple of years,” Bancel said.

FDA Statement on Following the Authorized Dosing Schedules for COVID-19 Vaccines

Two different mRNA vaccines have now shown remarkable effectiveness of about 95% in preventing COVID-19 disease in adults.

Moderna Increases Minimum 2021 Covid Vaccine Production by 20% to 600 Million Doses

Moderna is increasing its Covid-19 vaccine production this year, upping the minimum number of doses it expects to make by 20% to 600 million, the company announced Monday.