COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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COVID-19: What You Need to Know About the Vaccine

Throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no story has been more closely followed than the development of the new COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines are crucial in the effort to fight infectious diseases. When the vaccine becomes available to you, we strongly encourage you receive it. Vaccine availability is a fast-evolving situation, and details of public vaccination will become available in the coming months. Here is the COVID-19 vaccine information you need to know.

At a glance:

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the COVID-19 vaccines for medication safety and efficacy before granting Emergency Use Authorization. For approval, each vaccine candidate completes Phase 3 trials. The Pfizer BioNtech and Moderna trials each had over 30,000 people participate in the trial (or participants).
  • Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were able to be developed quickly. This is because the technology they used has been studied for over a decade and was previously studied with other coronavirus outbreaks (SARS and MERS).

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments at UT Medical Center

UT Medical Center will now schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the community weekly on Thursdays, based on vaccine availability. Eligible community members are encouraged to visit the link below for vaccination appointment availability.

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What is the COVID-19 vaccine, and how does it work?

Vaccines save millions of lives each year from deadly diseases caused by viruses or bacteria. You encounter thousands of germs every day. While your immune system can fight most of them on its own, vaccines help to fight certain disease-causing ones (pathogens).

Vaccines stimulate the human body’s own protective immune responses so that, if a person is infected with a specific pathogen, the immune system can quickly respond to and stop the infection from causing disease. In this way, vaccines mimic natural infection and promote antibody development without actually causing the disease. Then, when your body sees the actual pathogen it already knows how to fight it off.

  • The spike protein found on COVID-19’s surface is what attaches to human cells, allowing the virus to enter the cells. Developing antibodies to the spike protein from vaccination blocks this entrance and prevents infection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the COVID-19 vaccine? How effective is the vaccine? Is it safe? When will I be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

Recently, the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination in the interest of public health. As versions of the COVID-19 vaccine become available, you may find yourself asking questions. Click on the link below for Frequently Asked Questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

See the latest COVID-19 vaccine information and resources below.

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