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Long-term care patients and frontline healthcare workers are among those in the CDC’s highest priority group for vaccination in Chula Vista, CA on Dec. 21, 2020

What you need to know about the Pfizer and other coronavirus vaccines

January 24, 2021

The newly released Pfizer-BioNTech‘s COVID-19 vaccine, created by Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci in Mainz, Germany, was issued as the first emergency use authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 11, 2020. A couple of other authorized and approved vaccines are Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and more,  are in Phase 3 of the clinical trial. 

The vaccine is currently available to a selected few groups of people, like those at high risk of infection. Additionally, this vaccine is for everyone, regardless of whether one had COVID-19 or not. 

There is no guarantee that one after getting the vaccine won’t catch COVID-19 and spread the disease. However, this does not mean one should stop wearing a mask or follow physical distancing rules. The vaccine is a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and build up immune systems. 

Some people are skeptical about the safety and effectiveness of the rapid approval of the vaccines. Mayo Clinic and other healthcare-related organizations responded by releasing myths and facts about the virus. 

Kendall Hogan, a sophomore at San Dieguito Academy, says she wants the vaccine. “I want to get the vaccine, so I could possibly be safe and get to see my friends and family again,” Hogan said. 

Please check CDC for more information about the vaccine.

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