COVID-19 Vaccines

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

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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.
      1. Visit (English) or (Spanish) to search and find a vaccine near you.
      2. Text GETVAX (438829) for English or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish to receive three vaccine sites on your phone within seconds.
      3. Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1-800-232-0233 for those who prefer to get information via phone call.
    • 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.
    • Alliance for Disease Prevention and Response: Created by APHA in partnership with Shared Cause, the Alliance is a collaboration of public health, business, faith, nonprofit, philanthropy and other groups working to coordinate and support COVID-19 response and strengthen public health.
    • Ad Council public education campaign: APHA is part of the Ad Council's national communications effort to increase confidence in vaccination against COVID-19. Developed in partnership with the COVID Collaborative, this works to increase confidence in vaccination against COVID-19 by encouraging the public to
    • COVID Collaborative: APHA is part of this national assembly bringing together leading experts and institutions across health, education and the economy to develop consensus on best practices to support state and local leaders in their efforts to end the pandemic.
    • THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us: Endorsed by APHA, this campaign provides Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 vaccines in more than 50 FAQ videos. All content is available rights free and designed for sharing on social and web platforms.
    • Health Action Alliance: APHA is a partner in this national network of businesses and public health experts working together to boost our country’s response to COVID-19. Join us!
    • HHS COVID-19 Community Corps: APHA is a founding member of the national volunteer initiative to galvanize trusted messengers in the fight against COVID-19.
    • Made to Save: We can end this pandemic, but we have to get vaccinated first. Increasing access to the COVID-19 vaccines in communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic has to be a priority to get there, and APHA is proud to partner with Made to Save to make it happen.
    • National Academy of Medicine outreach effort: APHA is a partner in this effort to urge Black Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them. Its new video features APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD, and other Black members of NAM spreading the word.