How do the vaccines compare?
As of today, there are currently three vaccines approved for use in the United States: the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Rigorous clinical trials have shown all three vaccines to be safe and effective. Out of the tens of thousands of people who received the vaccines in clinical trials: zero people were hospitalized for COVID, zero people died of COVID, and zero people died from the vaccine.
When can I get my vaccine?
Anyone 12 years of age and older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to schedule an appointment through the State of Rhode Island.
Several convenience stores also offer Covid-19 vaccinations. These include:
What about the variants?
- B.1.1.7: Also known as the UK variant, this strain of the virus was first identified in the UK in the fall of 2020. It is much more transmissible than the original strain, but studies show the vaccines will still be effective against severe COVID-19 caused by this variant.
- B.1.351: Also known as the South African variant, this strain of the virus was first identified in South Africa in October of 2020. Like the UK variant, it spreads much easier than the original strain. Studies show that current vaccines are somewhat effective against this variant, but not nearly to the degree of the original strain.
- P.1: Also known as the Brazilian variant, this strain of the virus was first identified in Brazil in January of this year. Like the other two variants, this variant also seems to be more transmissible than the original strain. While not much is known about this variant, some studies suggest the current vaccines may not be nearly as effective for this variant as for the original strain.
* This situation surround the variant strains is an evolving one. Please visit the CDC's website for more information.
Looking for more Covid-19 vaccine info?
Check out the CDC's website for the latest on Covid-19 vaccines.