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When will the vaccine be available to me?

COVID-19 vaccines have been cleared for use in the US; however, as production of mass quantities takes time, there will only be limited doses at first. Therefore, healthcare workers and other groups most at risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, such as nursing home residents, are likely to be first in line to receive vaccinations.

Who is prioritized for vaccination will be decided state-by-state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will advise on who receives vaccines and in what priority; however, each state will ultimately make final decisions based on their state-specific plan. The decisions are shaped by a group of independent experts trying to ensure that the process is ethical, equitable, transparent and helps the greatest number of people.

The federal government has increased the distribution of vaccines to retail and supermarket pharmacies.

If everything goes well, it is anticipated that the general public will start getting the vaccine by May or June 2021 although it is subject to change and could possibly be more like July or August.

With the Johnson & Johnson vaccine receiving emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, President Biden stated that the United States will acquire enough vaccine for every adult by the end of May. (Note: On Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocated to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine "out of an abundance of caution." For more information, click here.)

President Biden has directed states to make all adults available for vaccination by May 1.

Updated 13 April 2021

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