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300 East Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78205300 East Commerce St.
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

300 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-1816300 E Houston St
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

300 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205300 E Houston St
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

315 N San S AB A Ste 110, 110, San Antonio, TX 78207315 N San S AB A Ste 110, 110
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

315 N San Saba Ste 103, 103, San Antonio, TX 78207315 N San Saba Ste 103, 103
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

315 N San S AB A Ste 110, San Antonio, TX 78207315 N San S AB A Ste 110
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Call Lifecare Pharmacy @ 210-212-7455 to schedule quick appointment or for walk-ins.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Jassen (J&J)
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FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 18+ and it's been at least 2 months since completing primary vaccination. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Nov 15, 2022 12:00 AM

660 N Main Ave, Ste 101, San Antonio, TX 78205-1205660 N Main Ave, Ste 101
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

111 Dallas Street, San Antonio, TX 78205111 Dallas Street
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

903 W Martin St, 100, San Antonio, TX 78207903 W Martin St, 100
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

730 N Main Ave, M&S Tower Ste 224, San Antonio, TX 78205730 N Main Ave, M&S Tower Ste 224
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

410 W Cypress St, San Antonio, TX 78212-4601410 W Cypress St
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

410 W Cypress St, San Antonio, TX 78212410 W Cypress St
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

1915 Broadway Street, Ste 101, San Antonio, TX 782151915 Broadway Street, Ste 101
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

108 N Rosillo, San Antonio, TX 78207-3706108 N Rosillo
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
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FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Pfizer Omicron Booster
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 12 and up.

Single booster dose of the Bivalent vaccine authorized for at least two months following primary or booster vaccination for individuals 12+ years of age.

Moderna
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Moderna Omicron Booster
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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.

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Last updated Feb 3, 2023 12:00 AM

415 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, TX 78202-3050415 N. New Braunfels
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
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FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Pfizer Omicron Booster
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 12 and up.

Single booster dose of the Bivalent vaccine authorized for at least two months following primary or booster vaccination for individuals 12+ years of age.

Moderna Omicron Booster
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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.

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Last updated Feb 3, 2023 12:00 AM

818 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78208818 E Grayson St
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

2200 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78202-30072200 E Houston St
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

121 N Zarzamora St, San Antonio, TX 78207-3739121 N Zarzamora St
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

1601 Nogalitos, San Antonio, TX 78204-24271601 Nogalitos
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Pfizer Omicron Booster
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 12 and up.

Single booster dose of the Bivalent vaccine authorized for at least two months following primary or booster vaccination for individuals 12+ years of age.

Moderna
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Moderna Omicron Booster
6+
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.

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Last updated Feb 3, 2023 12:00 AM

3111 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 782123111 San Pedro Ave
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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 San Antonio?

    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 San Antonio—as well as the availability of appointments and doses at each location—are changing daily. Solv, through partnership with vaccingfinder.org 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 San Antonio as last minute availability for eligible populations sometimes opens up.

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

    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 San Antonio 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 San Antonio that are currently administering the vaccine to adults will begin accepting appointments for kids.

  • What pharmacies are administering the COVID vaccine in San Antonio?

    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)

Thank you so much for such a great experience today. Everyone involved couldn’t have been more professional, organized and kind. I certainly appreciate being able to get the covid vaccine. Thank you so much God Bless You!

- Verified patient on 1/29

Everyone was very nice. Was to get 2nd Covid vaccine today. Little to no wait time. Was very organized.

- Verified patient on 3/30

Thank you so much for such a great visit to get my covid vaccine. Everyone was so kind and helpful and I certainly appreciate how easy and organized it was. Perfect example of how it should be done. Thank you so much.

- Verified patient on 1/29

In and out for COVID vaccine in 30 minutes. Professional staff. Good job

- Verified patient on 2/11

Went in to get my covid vaccine the staff was very friendly and professional the nurse was very caring thank you

- Verified patient on 4/27

The PA was absolutely the rudest I have ever experienced . She pretty much was just told me that I am going to kill somebody because I don’t have the Covid vaccine . whether I get the Covid vaccine or not is none of her damn business. And yes I did test negative for Covid.

- Verified patient on 10/17

Thankful to Dr. Haber’s staff and reaching out and helping my mother to receive her first COVID vaccine

- Verified patient on 3/11

I made an appointment from one day to the next. Yes it was that easy. I went back the following week to get my Covid vaccine. The staff was exceptional.

- Verified patient on 4/12

Called at 9am for a covid vaccine appointment. Was able to come in at 4:30 pm the same day! Thank you.

- Verified patient on 3/10

I went for my covid vaccine. I couldn't have been more impressed with the professionalism, organization, and all around service everyone was given. What an incredible group of people who were running this event. Kudos to you all.

- Verified patient on 1/22

I got my Covid vaccine there. I was very happy with the staff who gave me the vaccine. She was very professional and knowledgeable.

- Verified patient on 6/4

Couldn’t have been any better! No wait time. Gentleman was friendly and gave a great booster shot, didn’t even feel it! Wonderful experience!!!

- Verified patient on 12/8

The entire staff was very friendly courteous and professional. They all made me feel very comfortable and at ease when I got my Covid vaccine today.

- Verified patient on 2/5

Everyone was super nice when I went in for my 1st round of my covid vaccine. They made sure after I was injected, that I was ok till the preferred time of any allergic reactions. Not only 1 but 3 different nurses checked on me! I would highly recommend Urgent care for kids. Mindy the nurse was awsome @ the Round Rock location!

- Verified patient on 4/22

Dr Gaithri and Riannon took good care of me and and were very careful not to hurt me. I did have to get stitches and a tetanus booster shot so I reauired a bit of hand holding and personal attention and I was very pleased with the service I got. Thanks. Also, I liked the phone based check in procedure, that worked very well for me.

- Verified patient on 10/30

Receiving the Covid vaccine at this clinic was the best decision I could have made. The process was quick and clean.

- Verified patient on 2/1

I saw Elisa Flores today for follow up on Covid. While she listened intently I realized she really cared about me as an individual. I was a person to her- not just a case. She spoke freely as she actually sat down and had a talk about my recovery and my concerns. She explained I need to wear a mask when I go out for my protection. I'm taking her advice seriously. She advised me to wait to get my flu shot and Covid booster until I feel better than I do today. One phrase she used rang in my head as I drove off,” Get the Covid booster if you believe in it”. No mandate. No negative input. She has me believing I will gradually feel better over the next few weeks. Then I will be getting my Covid booster. At the end of our visit, I complimented her on saying all the right things. She gave me a high five. I couldn't ask for a better ending to a two week quarentine!

- Verified patient on 9/10

It was so easy to get my booster shot. To be able to drive up, get the shot, and drive out was awesome. I appreciate this opportunity.

- Verified patient on 10/28

Thank you Sir for taking care of me with my Moderna Booster shot. It went very smooth. Happy Holidays and stay safe.

- Verified patient on 12/8

Getting my first Covid vaccine was one of the easiest and most efficient things I’ve done in a long time. Thank you !!!

- Verified patient on 4/10

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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