Get the Vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. If two doses of different mRNA COVID-19 vaccine products are inadvertently administered, no additional doses of either product are recommended at this time. Recommendations may be updated as further information becomes available or other vaccine types (e.g., viral vector, protein subunit vaccines) are authorized.
The Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for 16 and older.Currently, our county health departments are giving the Moderna vaccine. Other providers, such as hospitals and some pharmacies, are giving the Pfizer vaccine. If you are 16 or 17 years of age, please be sure to check which vaccine the provider is offering before scheduling your appointment.
In the Moderna vaccine trial, 20% of participants identified as Latino, 10% identified as Black and 4% Asian. In the Pfizer trial, 13% of participants identified as Latino, 10% identified as Black and 5.5% Asian. Final trial results from both Moderna and Pfizer revealed that their COVID-19 vaccines are equally effective at preventing COVID-19 infection across all racial and ethnic groups. The J&J/Janssen vaccine which is a one dose vaccine was 66.3% effective in clinical trials (efficacy) 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine. The results in both studies were consistent across gender, age, race and ethnicity.
CDC and FDA encourage the public to report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This national system collects these data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns of occurrence. Learn about the difference between a vaccine side effect and an adverse event. Reports to VAERS help CDC monitor the safety of vaccines. Safety is a top priority.
Yes. Thank you for wanting to help with the state's vaccine rollout efforts. The Alabama Department of Public Health is actively recruiting and welcoming volunteers to assist with COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the state. Persons who wish to volunteer are asked to email their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC guidance states that fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart. CDC guidance also says that fully vaccinated people can visit with unvaccinated people from other households indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart provided that everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.
Persons receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose. Persons receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving one dose. For more information, visit considerations for wearing masks.