The development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a huge accomplishment. Getting those shots into arms continues to be a pressing public health challenge.
What You Need to Know
FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in 12-15-year-olds
Johnson & Johnson Update
On April 23, federal health officials lifted a pause on administering the one-dose COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson. The decision means millions more people are one step closer to having the upper hand against the virus.
- The initial pause on administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and decision to lift the pause show our vaccine monitoring system is working and is an example of the FDA's commitment to safety and transparency.
- As APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, told CSPAN, "This is exactly how our safety system is supposed to work."
How to Help
- Join the COVID-19 Community Corps. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the effort offers timely, accurate information to share in your community.
- Share the Rockefeller Foundation's Vaccine Confidence Message Brief, which explores what motivates high-priority groups to get the COVID-19 vaccine and includes message recommendations such as "Frame vaccines as an empowering tool, not an ultimatum."
- Get vaccinated. Help others get vaccinated.
If you're a health care provider, CDC offers answers to some frequently asked vaccine/vaccination questions.
Keep following key public health advice (wash your hands, wear a mask, keep your distance) and encourage others to do the same.
- Visit vaccines.gov (English) or vacunas.gov (Spanish) to search and find a vaccine near you.
- Text GETVAX (438829) for English or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish to receive three vaccine sites on your phone within seconds.
- Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1-800-232-0233 for those who prefer to get information via phone call.