A free COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies will be limited at first. To save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19, independent state and federal health advisory committees recommended first protecting health care workers, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19. The CDC encourages all Americans to review its information about the vaccines so they will have accurate details about administration, storage and handling, safety and reporting.
The advent of effective vaccines is a critical development in the global effort to contain the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Two vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) have received Emergency Use Authorization in the United States and additional ones will likely become available soon in 2021. These vaccines are expected to be suitable for virtually everyone in the population based on their design and reported clinical trial experience in over 75,000 people.
Child care providers are encouraged to can look at accessing the COVID vaccination given their demonstrated efficacy against a deadly disease and favorable side effect profile. This recommendation is based on information that has been made available to the public. It is also consistent with guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other professional health care organizations, including the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
See where in your community vaccines will be given and view the frequently asked questions from the NC DHHS website.