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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of everyone around the world for over a year. With the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, we’re taking a huge step towards ending this healthcare crisis.

As of August 23, 2021, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of COVID in people 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for children ages 12 to 15.

In late December 2020, the Moderna vaccine was granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA. And a third vaccine, made by Johnson & Johnson, was granted EUA in late February.

You probably have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s information from trusted resources about the types of vaccines available, reported side effects, and the research process that led to this scientific and medical breakthrough.