COVID-19 VACCINES RESOURCES BY ADAMS *THIS PAGE IS PERIODICALLY UPDATED*
COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are best protected from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations.
COVID-19 vaccines recommended for use in the United States:
As of October 3, 2023, the 2023-2024 updated Novavax vaccine was recommended by CDC for use in the United States.
As of September 12, 2023, the 2023–2024 updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were recommended by CDC for use in the United States.
The 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines more closely targets the XBB lineage of the Omicron variant and could restore protection against severe COVID-19 that may have decreased over time. We anticipate the updated vaccines will be better at fighting currently circulating variants.
There is no preferential recommendation for the use of any one COVID-19 vaccine over another when more than one licensed or authorized, recommended, and age-appropriate vaccine is available.
The CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax, to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.
Everyone aged 5 years and older should get 1 dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.
Children aged 6 months to 4 years old need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be up to date, inclining at least 1 dose of updated COVID vaccine.
People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccine recommendations will be updated as needed.Please register today to receive your vaccine & flu shots.
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www.adamscenter.org/achn) outreach efforts to communities for awareness are made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Community Catalyst’s Vaccine Equity and Access Program (VEAP).ADAMS Compassionate Healthcare Network (
ADAMS Center has played a crucial role in the vaccination efforts against COVID-19 by administering over 95,000 vaccine doses. This achievement has been made possible through successful collaborations with various government, business, and education partners, including the Fairfax County Health Department, Loudoun County Health Department, My Dr’s Pharmacy, the George Washington University, Medspack, and several others.
ADAMS and ACHN are committed to promote the health and wellbeing of our community members. By collaborating with different partners, the our community has been able to ensure that a large number of people have access to the COVID-19 vaccine, which is crucial in mitigating the spread of the virus and ultimately, saving lives. It is noteworthy that our efforts have not only benefited our immediate community members but have also made a significant contribution to the wider community in the DMV area. This is an excellent example of the positive impact that can be achieved through effective partnerships and collaboration, especially in times of crisis.
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the virus so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
No. The vaccine will not make you test positive on viral tests. Viral tests look for viral RNA or antigen, which is only present when the virus exists in the body. You may test positive on antibody tests, which look for protective antibodies. This is okay as the goal of the vaccination is to help you develop antibodies to fight off the virus.
Please note if you catch COVID-19 after vaccination, you can test positive on a COVID-19 test. So, please follow the mask mandate even after vaccination.
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?
Yes. Experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Current evidence suggests that getting the virus again is uncommon in the 90 days after the first infection.
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.
No. COVID-19 vaccine contains messenger RNA (mRNA). This does not change or interact with your DNA in any way. mRNA never enters the nucleus of a cell, where DNA is kept. mRNA is a set of instructions (“recipe”) that tells the cell protein-making machinery to produce the antibodies needed to fight off the virus. The mRNA is broken down once the instructions have been used.
Yes. People who want to get pregnant in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine, like other vaccines, works by training our bodies to develop antibodies to fight against the virus that causes COVID-19, to prevent future illness. There is currently no evidence that antibodies formed from the COVID-19 vaccination cause any problems with pregnancy. There is no evidence suggesting that fertility problems are a side effect of ANY vaccine.
The two COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the US do not contain eggs, preservatives, latex, gelatin or fetal cells.
This is incorrect. The vaccine developers did not skip any testing steps. Rather, they conducted some of the steps on an overlapping schedule to gather data faster. The developers also received the viral genetic material early during the pandemic, so they were able to start working early. They also used a development process that allowed them to start early.
There are short-term mild or moderate vaccine reactions that resolve without complication or injury. About 15% of people develop short-lived symptoms at the site of the injection. 50% develop systemic reactions primarily headache, chills, fatigue or muscle pain or fever lasting for a day or two. Keep in mind that these side effects are indicators that your immune system is responding to the vaccine and are common when receiving vaccines.
There is no vaccine microchip, and the vaccine will not track people or gather personal information into a database. This myth started after comments made by Bill Gates from The Gates Foundation about a digital certificate of vaccine records. The technology he was referencing is not a microchip, has not been implemented in any manner and is not tied to the development, testing or distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.