- The COVID-19 vaccine is 94% effective and will protect you from getting the virus. You will NOT get the virus as a result of the vaccine.
- There may be some mild but temporary side effects. Anyone with severe allergies should first consult a healthcare provider.
- The COVID-19 vaccine has Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, it is still important to wear masks, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.
- The COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in a phased approach:
- Phase 1A: Health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, EMS, fire and law enforcement who serve as first responders and other high priority groups.
- Phase 1B: People 70+ years old, teachers and school staff, child care and higher education workers. Later in 1B: food/agricultural workers, firefighters and police not in 1A, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, child care workers, US Postal Service workers, and essential government workers.
- Phase 1C: People 65+ years old, people 16-64 years old with high-risk medical conditions and workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food services, shelter and housing, finance, IT and communication, energy, media public safety and public health workers.
For more information about COVID-19 and the vaccine, visit our COVID Resources page.