Vaccines are safe and effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses. Severe allergic reactions are rare:

  • Pfizer first dose: 11.1 cases per one million doses reported severe allergic (anaphylactic) reactions (CDC).

  • Moderna first dose: 1 of more than 224,000 reported severe allergic (anaphylactic) reactions (CDC).

  • CDC plans to release more information as it becomes available.

More research is needed to make sure any COVID-19 vaccine will be safe and effective for infants, kids and teens.

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is not yet approved for children under the age of 16.

  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is not yet approved for children under the age of 18.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear a cloth face mask over the nose and mouth to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. A cloth face mask is not intended to protect the individual wearing the mask, but it may prevent the spread of virus to others. Because someone may be infected with COVID-19 and not show symptoms, wearing a cloth face mask is especially important in preventing the spread. According to the CDC, a cloth face mask should be worn in public settings (i.e. grocery stores), while medical masks and N-95 respirators are reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders. For more information and to make your own cloth face mask, click here.