The benefit of any vaccine is to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death. For hundreds of years, they have been the safest way for mankind to build up protective antibodies from deadly disease and virus strains. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sounding the alarm that the Delta variant is causing a surge of new COVID-19 cases across the country and urging all Americans (12 years and up) to protect themselves and their families by getting the COVID vaccine.

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Are COVID-19 vaccines FDA approved?

Yes! The FDA granted emergency use authorization (EUA), December 11, 2020 for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. One week later, the FDA granted EUA to for a COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna. This year, on February 27, 2021, the FDA granted EUA to an Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) for their adenovirus vaccine.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine give you the coronavirus?

No. The vaccines cannot give you COVID-19. They help prevent you from getting COVID-19. Get the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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