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651 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002651 Broadway
Open9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Last updated Jan 20, 2023 12:00 AM

596 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002-3819596 Broadway
Open10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Last updated Oct 22, 2022 12:00 AM

699 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002-4724699 Broadway
Open08:00AM - 10:00PM
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.


Last updated Jan 31, 2023 12:00 AM

557 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002557 Broadway
Open10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
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Scheduling an appointment is recommended. Please call to confirm COVID-19 vaccine and/or Flu vaccine Walk-In availability


Last updated Jan 31, 2023 12:00 AM

557 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002-3829557 Broadway
Open9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Staff speaks English, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati


Last updated Oct 14, 2022 12:00 AM

560 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002560 Avenue C
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  • Sat09:00AM-06:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.


Last updated Jan 30, 2023 12:00 AM

490 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002-3618490 Broadway
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Last updated Nov 16, 2022 12:00 AM

779 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002779 Broadway
Open11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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>>> Appointment required. >>> We welcome patients in both of our locations: Bayonne: Well Care Pharmacy, 779 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ, 07002 (on corner of 35th St and Broadway) .... (201)455-8600 Jersey City: Perfect Care Pharmacy, 1727 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07305 ( on corner of Danforth ave and Kennedy Blvd) ..... (201)984-2585


Last updated Sep 20, 2022 12:00 AM

18 40 Goldsborough Drive, Bayonne, NJ 0700218 40 Goldsborough Drive
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.


Last updated Jan 30, 2023 12:00 AM

455 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002455 Broadway
Open9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Last updated Jan 30, 2023 12:00 AM

1 Lefante Way, Bayonne, NJ 070021 Lefante Way
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Moderna Omicron Booster
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

Single booster dose of the Bivalent vaccine authorized for at least two months following primary or booster vaccination for individuals 18+ years of age.


Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

458 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002-5106458 Avenue C
Open9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Last updated Jan 24, 2023 12:00 AM

21 Goldsborough Dr, Bayonne, NJ 0700221 Goldsborough Dr
Open10:00AM - 7:00PM
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Walk-ins welcome. You do not need to be a Costco member to use our pharmacy. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please use the check appointment availability link.


Last updated Jan 30, 2023 12:00 AM

861 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002-3031861 Broadway
Open9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Please schedule all appointments online on our website.


Last updated Jan 24, 2023 12:00 AM

500 Bayonne Crossing Way, Bayonne, NJ 07002-5305500 Bayonne Crossing Way
Open9:00 AM - 1:30PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon9:00 AM - 1:30PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue6:00 AM - 1:30PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Last updated Jan 31, 2023 12:00 AM

265 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002-2446265 Broadway
Open9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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Last updated Oct 26, 2022 12:00 AM

12 North St, Bayonne, NJ 07002-124112 North St
Open09:00AM - 09:00PM
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.


Last updated Jan 31, 2023 12:00 AM

1080 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002-41561080 Broadway
Open09:00AM - 09:00PM
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.


Last updated Jan 31, 2023 12:00 AM

1097 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002-41261097 Broadway
Open08:00 AM-10:00 PM
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Last updated Jan 30, 2023 12:00 AM

78 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002-243978 Avenue C
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Last updated Oct 27, 2022 12:00 AM

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Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Oct 31, 2022
A surge in respiratory syncytial virus is putting severe strain on children's hospitals nationwide. Hospitals first began seeing the unseasonable RSV rise in August. Now, many are reporting a case increase of over 300 percent compared to last month. (Becker's)
Oct 28, 2022
With the BQ.1.1 variant on the rise in Europe, experts express concern of a rise in COVID cases this winter; encourage everyone to max out their boosters and vaccinate their children (Houston Chronicle)

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

  • Where can I get COVID vaccine in Bayonne?

    The COVID vaccine is currently available to eligible individuals through health clinics, hospitals, health departments, pharmacies, and doctors’ offices including urgent care centers. COVID vaccine locations in Bayonne—as well as the availability of appointments and doses at each location—are changing daily. Solv, through partnership with and others, is actively maintaining the list of providers above and is refreshing at least daily, so check back frequently. Additionally, check directly with vaccine providers near Bayonne as last minute availability for eligible populations sometimes opens up.

  • When will children be able to get the COVID vaccine in Bayonne?

    As of November 2, the Pfizer vaccine has received EUA from the FDA and approval from the CDC to vaccinate kids 5-11 years old. At this point, everyone 5+ years old in Bayonne are eligible for the COVID vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccines for children under 5 years old are still awaiting results of clinical trials and approval from the FDA. Research shows these COVID vaccines are remarkably effective and safe. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges children and adults to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can. Once the FDA provides emergency use authorization (EUA) for the vaccines to be administered to children, it is likely that the same providers in Bayonne that are currently administering the vaccine to adults will begin accepting appointments for kids.

  • What pharmacies are administering the COVID vaccine in Bayonne?

    Independent pharmacies, as well as regional and national chains, are administering the COVID vaccine across the country. Most are partnered with HHS directly to make the vaccine available as quickly as possible. Here are a few of the major pharmacy chains administering the vaccine with details on how to register for an appointment:

    • Albertsons will be making the COVID vaccine available at stores nationwide based on regional distribution and eligibility schedules. Appointments fill up fast and they will release appointments as they receive supply.
    • CVS stores nationwide are adding the COVID vaccine to their online schedule as it becomes available in each market, allowing people to schedule both their first and second doses (as applicable).
    • Costco pharmacies will be administering COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available, in accordance with CDC and state guidelines. Register on their website. Note: Please do not contact the local Costco pharmacy as they are unable to schedule an appointment or provide current eligibility requirements.
    • Kroger is partnering with federal and state agencies to deliver one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week across their pharmacies, clinics, and off-site events. Their website will be regularly updated with information on local availability.
    • Rite Aid pharmacies are scheduling vaccine appointments in accordance with local and state eligibility requirements. Check the linked PDF for the latest details. Note: Please do not call your local Rite Aid pharmacy for a vaccine appointment.
    • Target expects to be able to start distributing the COVID vaccine their their partnership with CVS and their on-site pharmacy locations. Check the CVS pharmacy website for updates and dates when more vaccines will become available.
    • Walgreens will be providing COVID vaccines to consumers at all of its 9,000+ store locations. Check their website to see which locations presently offer the vaccine and their appointment availability.
    • Walmart is administering the vaccines based on state and federal eligibility guidelines and is scheduling appointments at thousands of their stores nationwide. Check their website often for availability as the vaccine continues rolling out to more stores.
  • How many COVID vaccine doses will I need?

    The first two COVID vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna each require two (2) doses of the COVID vaccine. Each dose must be of the same product, and will need to be separated by either 21 days or 28 days, depending on the vaccine. That means if you received your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, your second dose must also be the Pfizer vaccine. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, approved for use in the US on February 27, 2021, only requires one dose. Consult your healthcare professional if you have additional questions.

  • How long will the COVID vaccine last?

    In most cases, COVID-19 testing and antibody testing is available at no out of pocket cost if you are covered by commercial insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. You will likely have to pay a normal office visit copay, however. For cash paying patients, the two largest labs have reported that the Medicare rates (likely the lowest cost) to process an antibody test is around $50 and $100-$200 for a PCR swab test. It is important to understand that many healthcare providers are requiring screenings prior to testing, which may or may not be covered by your insurance, and may or may not require additional copays.

  • Can you contract COVID if you are vaccinated?

    After immunization, the body normally takes a few weeks to develop immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19). That means a person could become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 before or after vaccination and still become unwell. This is due to the vaccine's inability to provide protection due to a lack of time.

  • Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

    Vaccines against COVID-19 are both safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have been subjected to the most stringent safety testing in the country's history. You should acquire a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible, according to the CDC.

  • Can you spread COVID if you are vaccinated?

    While the ability to transmit COVID-19 is possible after you have been fully vaccinated, experts believe it will happen at a slower rate given the efficacy of the vaccine. It's most like only relevant for people who don't have a good immunological response to immunizations in general.

  • Do I need a COVID booster shot?

    According to the CDC, as of October 21, 2021, individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series: (1) 65 years and older, (2) Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, (3) Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, and (4) Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings. For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Recent COVID-19 Vaccine Reviews (20)

I came for my 2nd covid vaccine and I don't feel like I got the full dose. When the nurse was done injecting it she moved the needle away and the vaccine was running down my arm. I asked her about it and she said it was ok, don't feel like it was ok when it was running down my arm, it should be in my arm. I really didn't have much soreness in my arm which I had a lot with the first vaccine. I didn't think my concern was really addressed and I guess I will never know if I am protected with a partial dose.

- Verified patient on 2/27

Brought parents in for 2nd dose COVID vaccine early morning. Clinic was very clean. Staff was very friendly. Decided to get rapid test while waiting for parents. Between my parents vaccine & my test, total time spent was 90 mins. Not bad. The woman who did my swab was very nice. I highly recommend this clinic.

- Verified patient on 3/7

Phenomenal. I expected an Urgent Care to be hectic with sick people. Instead, it was like a clean and quiet private doctor's office. The staff were so friendly and helpful, answering all my questions. It was such a relief to get my COVID vaccine. Thank you very much.

- Verified patient on 1/21

All the workers were very efficient and were dealing with the large volume of costumers very well in my opinion. There was a line out of the door for Covid tests, vaccines, and boosters but it moved quickly and once I got inside I was helped almost immediately. Will definitely use this location for future needs.

- Verified patient on 12/20

I came for the covid vaccine. My experience was great! The wait was just a little long but I understand you are busy with the urgent care patients too. The nurse who gave me the vaccine was excellent. As an RN myself, I was very impressed!! You have a lovely office!

- Verified patient on 1/9

Everyone in your facility is so kind and helpful and always very professional! Thank you for being one of the first facilities to provide the Covid vaccine for healthcare workers! Everything was awesome from beginning to end -first dose and second! Thank you

- Verified patient on 1/30

Was very unhappy with Riverside when I came for my first dose of the Covid vaccine. Office was overcrowded and extremely disorganized. Today's experience was just the opposite. Staff knew what they were doing. People in the waiting area were well spaced. Getting the second dose couldn't have gone more smoothly!

- Verified patient on 2/14

I felt very safe getting my Covid vaccine #1. The device was great from the time I made my appointment until I was finished with my 15 minute wait time to make sure I didn’t have a reaction. I loved my nurse Kara? I didn’t feel anything

- Verified patient on 1/5

My 2nd covid shot was for 11:45 and I arrived at 11:20. Receptionist told me to wait inside they will be taking me soon even tho I preferred to wait in my car. By 12:45 they still didn’t call me I checked again with a heavy set blonde women and told her I would wait in my car and verified my cell phone number to call when they would take me. At (2:15) I went back in to see what was up and a lot of whispering behind the counter I was told to go back and they would give my 2nd covid vaccine. The patient next to me had an appointment for 12:30 and she was already in . So glad I got my 2nd vaccine at 2:15 stayed until 2:30 and was told by the nurse to just leave if no reactions.. which I did.. but very disappointed with your staff. This was totally different than my first visit.. I waited total 2hrs and 45 minutes I was leaving the secretary who was sitting on the right side facing the right window yells thanks for waiting!! Really.. on top of this .. a patient came in during this time to get a covid vaccine so I was exposed to this .. she was told to wait in the car just like we should have all done .. the secretary told me they are the ones to wait outside in car but everyone else stays in waiting room.. another elderly man said he isn’t waiting inside and said he would be in his car to text him.. This is not the same care I received the first time there.. By the way the secretary calls my phone after I was taken back.. (I guess to say we called you )

- Verified patient on 2/21

My whole visit to get my first dose of the Covid vaccine was quick and easy. The check-in process, wait time, actual administration of the vaccine, and check-out was smooth, the staff was courteous and efficient, and the facility was clean and offered ample space for distancing. I felt extremely comfortable during the time I spent there and have no worries about returning for my second dose in four weeks.

- Verified patient on 1/18

I went for a Covid vaccine, and was very nervous. But there was no need to be. And Jen was fantastic!! I do have one complaint in that I was scheduled to go several days ago and when I got there was told that do to “an issue in the back” they could not do any more vaccines. Since I live 40 minutes away I would have appreciated a call letting me know. But at least they rescheduled me for 2 days later.

- Verified patient on 1/25

I am very disappointed with the management & efficiency of my second appointment for the COVID vaccine. I waited 1 1/2 hours only to learn that I was unable to receive my vaccination due to a “Shingrix” vaccine in the interim of Dec.30th to Jan. 27th. There was no literature contradicting this time lapse and no one took the initiative to ask this serious of pre-vaccine questions before waiting uselessly for the entire 1 and 1/2 hours. I am now rescheduled for an additional five days..

- Verified patient on 1/28

I received my first part covid vaccine today. The office was very clean . The staff was friendly and I was seen for my appointment right at my scheduled time . Amber and Molly gave me great care . Highly recommend a visit here.

- Verified patient on 1/10

I was @ Riverside for my covid vaccine. The front desk was friendly, accommodating and welcoming. I was given the injection by Jen the nurse manager. She couldn't have been anymore warm, caring and professional. The whole experience was very positive. The wait time was a bit long (a little less than an hour) but this makes sense as this is an urgent care.

- Verified patient on 1/7

When I entered the door of this state of the art facility, I was amazed with the cleanliness, proper seat arrangement to maintain social distancing, and some informative signs/notices posted in the building. I was impressed with the front desk personnel coz she was very polite and helpful as soon as I approached the counter at the reception area. She gave me instructions and advised me to wait while filling up information through the site she texted to my cellphone. After a few minutes, the nurse called my name, administered the COVID vaccine, gave me some important information regarding the said vaccination, and advised me to call back if there would be any problems. I didn't experience any side effects or any complications after receiving the two COVID vaccinations. I already started recommending Riverside Urgent Care to my family and friends. Thank you so much!

- Verified patient on 2/6

It took two hours for a Covid vaccine. I thought that was excessive as I had an appointment. People that were there for Covid tests were also in the waiting room. They should have been separated. The nurse that administered the vaccine was lovely though.

- Verified patient on 1/13

We were seeking a COVID vaccine and found the staff at the Jersey City and Secaucus facilities to be extremely helpful and understanding. We walked in and were able to secure and an appointment for only three days later. We had registered with other healthcare facilities but received no response. Only Riverside was responsive to our needs.

- Verified patient on 2/16

I had my two Covid vaccines here and couldn’t be happier. My second appt was made for exactly 28 days after the first. I had a 40 minute wait the first time but only 5 the second. Staff was pleasant and helpful, even amid the craziness of dealing with a pandemic and many vaccinations. Couldn’t recommend them more!

- Verified patient on 1/28

I came in for my Covid vaccine and each staff member was EXCELLENT. All friendly and helpful! The next day I brought my in-laws in for their vaccine. Lindsay personally greeted us and assisted me on the iPad because I was having difficulty. She was so patient and helpful in assisting my in-laws. I’m hoping to bring other family members in for their covid vaccine as it becomes available. The only thing that I found frustrating, was that the phone kept ringing and didn’t give u an option to leave a message.

- Verified patient on 1/31

We got our Covid vaccines at Riverside urgent care in Springfield , New Jersey. Everything was excellent from the moment we walked in to when we left. The staff is friendly and most professional. The LPN who gave us our shots was so fabulous That we did not even feel it being administered. I highly recommend this facility.

- Verified patient on 1/24

About COVID Vaccine

There are currently 3 COVID vaccine available in Orlando and throughout the country: Pfizer-BioNTech (mRNA), Moderna (mRNA Vaccines), and Johnson & Johnson (Vector vaccine). As of April 7, 2021, three vaccines, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, have been approved for use via an emergency use authorization (EAU) for adults ages 16 and older. Pfizer has since received EUA for 5-11 year olds, opening the door for everyone in the country 5 years and older to receiving a COVID vaccine.

Getting a COVID vaccine will be similar to the process of getting any other type of vaccine. Patients should talk to their doctors about whether they have allergies and if they have ever experienced a reaction or specific side effects from a vaccine in the past. They should also inform their doctors whether they are currently ill, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.

The injection itself usually only takes a few seconds and may feel like a slight pinch on the skin. Most people do not experience serious side effects from vaccines, and any side effects they do experience are usually mild. Chills, low-grade fever, headache, tiredness, and muscle and joint aches are the most common side effects of vaccines.

People who get a mRNA COVID vaccine will need another booster shot roughly 3-4 weeks after the first shot to stay protected from COVID-19, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one shot. It is not yet known how long immunity to COVID-19 will last after receiving a COVID vaccine.

Key facts about COVID-19 vaccines

Studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines are safe to get and highly effective at preventing you from getting COVID-19. Even if you do get COVID-19, the vaccine prevents you from getting seriously ill. The more people that get vaccinated, the faster we can get back to normal life.

  • They’re safe. Rigorous clinical trials must show that vaccines are safe and effective before they’re authorized for public use. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in US history.
  • They’re effective. All approved vaccines are proven to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Based on what we know so far, experts believe that all the approved vaccines will nearly 100% prevent serious illness and death. They may also help protect family, friends, and those around you.
  • They’re free. COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all Americans under the CARES act. The US government has already ordered and paid for hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses using US tax dollars to ensure that everyone who wants one can get one.

Top vaccine myths

When deciding to get vaccinated, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.

  • The vaccines will not make you sick with COVID-19.
  • The vaccines do not have a microchip that will track you.
  • The mRNA COVID vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) will not alter your DNA.
  • If you already had COVID-19, that does not mean you don’t need the vaccine.

Risks of the COVID vaccine

All vaccines come with potential risks and side effects. The most common side effects associated with vaccines are low-grade fever, malaise, and redness and pain at the injection site. More than 50% of people who received early COVID-19 vaccines reported experiencing mild short-term side effects including fever, headache, muscle aches, and reactions at the injection site.

Questions to ask your doctor about the COVID vaccine

  • When should I come back for my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • What side effects could I experience from the COVID vaccine?
  • How effective is the COVID vaccine?
  • Is it possible for me to get a mild case of COVID-19 after getting the vaccine?
  • Can I stop wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing after getting a COVID vaccine?
  • How many different COVID vaccines are available?
  • What are the ingredients in the COVID vaccine?
  • Who should not get a COVID vaccine?
  • Can I get more than one type of COVID vaccine if more are available?
  • How long will it take before the COVID vaccine takes effect?

Approved COVID Vaccines

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have each developed COVID vaccines and received emergency use authorization (EUA). Pfizer's vaccine has received EUA for individuals 12 years of age and older, while both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for people 16 and up. During the initial rollout of the vaccine, however, it is unlikely individuals will be able to choose which vaccine they want.

According to the CDC, as of October 21, 2021, individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series: (1) 65 years and older, (2) Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, (3) Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, and (4) Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings. For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID vaccine

  • On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first EUA for a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals . The emergency use authorization allowed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. to individuals 16 years of age and older.
  • On May 10, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an EAU for use of the vaccine in children from the ages 12-16. This announcement came after Pfizer’s recent trial of the vaccine in adolescents which demonstrated that the vaccine is at least as effective as it is in adults.
  • On August 23, 2021, the FDA fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, now being referred to as Comirnaty, for ages 16+. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. 
  • Pfizer, in partnership with BioNTech, released an efficacy analysis of their phase 3 trials involving 42,000 people, about half of whom got the experimental vaccine with the other half receiving a placebo. 170 participants contracted COVID-19 with only 8 of them being from the vaccine cohort. This equates to a 95% vaccination success rate, which is about as good as any vaccine, even after years of development, can ever expect. The inoculation process involves two doses, with the second dose administered 3 weeks after the first.

Moderna, NAID COVID vaccine

  • On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an EUA for the second vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. The emergency use authorization allows the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • On June 25, 2021, the FDA revised the patient and provider fact sheets regarding the suggested increased risks of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart) following vaccination.
  • On August 12, 2021, the FDA amended the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine EUA to allow for an additional dose to be given to certain immunocompromised individuals.
  • Similarly to Pfizer, Moderna’s is a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine with a nearly identical efficacy rate of 94.1%. These results follow a 30,000-volunteer study with only 11 positive COVID cases occurring from the group that received the vaccines rather than the placebo. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna version does not have as strict refrigeration requirements, likely making their vaccine more easily transported, stored, and administered through existing healthcare infrastructure.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine

  • In clinical trials, the J&J/Janssen vaccine was 66.3% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine, and had high efficacy at preventing hospitalization and death in people who did get sick. No one who got COVID-19 at least 4 weeks after receiving the J&J/Janssen vaccine had to be hospitalized.
  • Early evidence suggests that the J&J/Janssen vaccine might provide protection against asymptomatic infection, which is when a person is infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 but does not get sick.

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  2. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC (August 19, 2021)
  3. COVID-19 Vaccines (August 18, 2021)
  4. COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (July 16, 2021)
  5. Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (August 16, 2021)
  6. Coronavirus Testing (August 9, 2021)
  7. Comirnaty and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (September 19, 2021)
  8. Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (August 31. 2021)
  9. Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (September 17, 2021)

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