Get the latest information on the COVID-19 Vaccines
On Monday morning, Aug. 23, the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine. The three vaccines available in the United States—Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson—have been available under an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA. That authorization required extensive testing and proof of efficacy and safety, but full approval is another step beyond that. The designation puts Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in the same category as other approved vaccines, such as those that prevent measles, polio and HPV. Learn more about what this means.
Full approval for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson is expected in the coming weeks and months; those manufacturers started the process after Pfizer. The Pfizer vaccine continues to be available to adolescents ages 12 to 15 under the EUA; full approval is expected for that age range in the future, as well as for booster shots.
Who is eligible?
Individuals 12 years old and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Get answers to top questions for adolescents here.
About the Vaccines
Multiple COVID-19 vaccines are available, and millions have been vaccinated. The vaccines are working: COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have all fallen dramatically in the United States, and most communities have found it possible to at least partially reopen.
Learn more about how the vaccines were developed and tested for safety.
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UNC Health Patients Can Schedule COVID-19 Vaccines Online and by Phone
Those interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can schedule online, through My UNC Chart, or by calling any UNC Health primary care clinic that administers vaccines.
Vaccines are available for patients who did not receive their first dose at a UNC Health vaccination clinic. All patients need to bring their vaccination cards to the second dose appointment. Call your primary care provider for questions or additional information.