• Understanding Vaccines

    Everything you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines.

    Learn about COVID-19 vaccines, how they work, their side effects, and all the science behind them.
  • Get the facts

    What's real and what's not about the COVID-19 vaccines.

    A lot has been said about vaccines and COVID-19, here you can get the facts to know what's true and what's myth.
  • My COVID-19 Vaccine Story

    Meet the people who volunteered for the COVID-19 Clinical Studies.

    Tens of thousands of people received the vaccines in clinical studies before they were authorized for the public. Hear from some of those who volunteered, listen to their stories and learn more about their journey.
  • About Us

    Learn more about Fred Hutch and the COVID -19 Prevention Network.
  • Other Resources

    Find more information and resources from reliable sources.

    Our understanding of COVID-19 and the response continues to evolve as we learn more. Visit these sites for up to date information.
  • How to Get Vaccinated When It's Your Turn

    Find out when you're eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and what to do when it's your turn.

UNDERSTANDING Vaccines

What is a Vaccine?

Vaccines stimulate the body’s own protective immune responses so that, if a person is infected with a virus, the immune system is ready to prevent the infection from spreading within the body and causing disease.
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What are COVID-19 vaccine side effects?

People often confuse reactogenicity (the physical signs that the immune system is working) with unexpected side effects of a vaccine.
Reactogenicity includes all the signs and symptoms that you may feel between 1 or 2 days after getting vaccinated.
Side effects are the things that shouldn't happen when you are exposed to a vaccine, like an allergic reaction.

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What are the main differences of COVID-19 vaccines and how do they work?

There are 3 primary types of COVID-19 vaccines:

Protein-based vaccines
mRNA vaccines
Viral Vector Vaccines
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Why are we still studying COVID-19 vaccines?

Although science and study volunteers gave us vaccines that are authorized for public use, we cannot stop our search for effective and safe vaccines. The more vaccines there are, the quicker we can protect everyone who wants to receive one.
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Where can I get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Find out where to get a COVID-19 vaccine with the Washington State Department of Health's Vaccine Locator tool
Vaccine Locator tool

Why are people over 65 a top priority to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

People aged 65 years and older are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. Vaccination can save lives and protect them from serious illness.
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NEWS AND UPDATES

Vaccination, Transmission, and Masks

Key Points:
We do not yet know whether individuals who are fully vaccinated can transmit SARS-CoV-2 to other individuals, although the risk is almost certainly lower than for unvaccinated persons
To limit transmission as much as possible, mask wearing remains critical, even for those who are fully vaccinated until community transmission decreases to low levels and a high proportion of people are vaccinated
Studies to better understand the potential for transmission by those who are fully vaccinated are underway, but they will take time to complete

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J&J Vaccine: Finally, one dose with no controversy

Key Points:
The J&J vaccine, which uses an adenovirus vector, has high efficacy against severe COVID-19 disease.
It is the only vaccine for which we have good clinical trial data about its effects on mild and severe disease from the South African variant.
The J&J vaccine is well-tolerated, with few side effects, and is easy to transport and distribute because it does not have extensive cold-chain requirements.

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The Virus’s Gambit; The Vaccine Response

Some countries, including South Africa, have set up extensive genomic surveillance systems to understand how the SARS-CoV-2 virus is mutating.
Additional mutations will continue to be identified and we must be prepared to manage them within the broader effort to mitigate the pandemic.
As we learn more about the vaccines’ efficacy against new variants, we must remember that the overall goal is to identify vaccines that reduce severe disease, as opposed to lessening more minor symptoms.

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Science in the face of fear: a commentary on vaccine hesitancy

Key Points:
The efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines is a scientific triumph with vast potential to save lives.
The political context within which the Covid-19 vaccines were developed has led to mistrust and hesitancy among some Americans, and it will take time to heal these wounds.
Regardless of politics, the scientific goal has always been the development of vaccines that can alter or stop Covid-19, and that goal has now been achieved.

Read More

Vaccination, Transmission, and Masks

Key Points:
We do not yet know whether individuals who are fully vaccinated can transmit SARS-CoV-2 to other individuals, although the risk is almost certainly lower than for unvaccinated persons
To limit transmission as much as possible, mask wearing remains critical, even for those who are fully vaccinated until community transmission decreases to low levels and a high proportion of people are vaccinated
Studies to better understand the potential for transmission by those who are fully vaccinated are underway, but they will take time to complete

Read More

J&J Vaccine: Finally, one dose with no controversy

Key Points:
The J&J vaccine, which uses an adenovirus vector, has high efficacy against severe COVID-19 disease.
It is the only vaccine for which we have good clinical trial data about its effects on mild and severe disease from the South African variant.
The J&J vaccine is well-tolerated, with few side effects, and is easy to transport and distribute because it does not have extensive cold-chain requirements.

Read More

The Virus’s Gambit; The Vaccine Response

Some countries, including South Africa, have set up extensive genomic surveillance systems to understand how the SARS-CoV-2 virus is mutating.
Additional mutations will continue to be identified and we must be prepared to manage them within the broader effort to mitigate the pandemic.
As we learn more about the vaccines’ efficacy against new variants, we must remember that the overall goal is to identify vaccines that reduce severe disease, as opposed to lessening more minor symptoms.

Read More

Science in the face of fear: a commentary on vaccine hesitancy

Key Points:
The efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines is a scientific triumph with vast potential to save lives.
The political context within which the Covid-19 vaccines were developed has led to mistrust and hesitancy among some Americans, and it will take time to heal these wounds.
Regardless of politics, the scientific goal has always been the development of vaccines that can alter or stop Covid-19, and that goal has now been achieved.

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Resources

At the Washington State Department of Health website you can get all the official information of COVID-19.

Visit the COVID Vaccine page

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are on a mission to help save lives specially during COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.cdc.gov/

If you live in Washington state, the Vaccine Locator can help you find COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/

At the World Health Organization website you can find the latest global information about COVID-19

www.who.int/

The National Institute of Health is the nation’s medical research agency, supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.

covid19.nih.gov/

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases conducts and supports clinical trials evaluating therapies and vaccine candidates against COVID-19.

www.niaid.nih.gov/

Where do I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Use the Vaccine Locator to find a location near you and schedule an appointment

About Us

The COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) was formed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the US National Institutes of Health to respond to the global pandemic. Using its existing networks of infectious disease experts, research organizations and global partners, NIAID directed scientists and researchers to address the pressing need for vaccines and monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against SARS-CoV-2.

At Fred Hutch (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), our researchers are pushing the limits of human knowledge, from foundational biology to population-level health. Through fearless science, collaboration across disciplines, and unshakable focus, we’re leading the way to a world free of cancer and related diseases.

The Washington State Department of Health works with others to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington state.
Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide information to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. The partnership with Fred Hutch during the COVID-19 vaccine response centers around leveraging resources and sharing information, with no financial obligations by either party.

Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine page