Both Pfizer and Moderna have submitted applications for approval, and the FDA is in the review process. The agency has not provided a timeline for review, but it is anticipated to take from several weeks to a couple of months.
In the meantime, the FDA has granted emergency use authorization for these and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. All of the vaccines had to meet certain conditions for safety and efficacy in order to receive this authorization.
How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine? Is it complicated?
When vaccines first rolled out in the U.S., there were limitations on eligibility and supply that made accessing appointments difficult for many people. Now, however, anyone over the age of 12 can choose from a variety of convenient options to get vaccinated.
Some options to find a vaccination site near you in the U.S.:
- Go to Vaccines.gov, enter your ZIP code, and a search radius up to 50 miles.
- Text your ZIP code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.
- Call or email your doctor’s office to ask if they are providing vaccines and, if not, if they have suggestions for where you can go.
Once you’ve found a convenient site, you can make an appointment. Many sites are now offering open hours for walk-ins as well.