Like all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines, including Moderna, have been rigorously tested for safety before being authorized for use in the United States. There are two vaccines currently approved by the FDA recommended for use against the COVID-19 virus: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
The County of Ulster is going to use the Moderna vaccine.
The vaccine is indicated for use in adults aged 18 and over. Moderna is administered in the upper arm (deltoid muscle), in a series of two doses given 28 days apart. If your primary vaccine is the Moderna vaccine, your second dose also must be Moderna. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are not interchangeable.
The Moderna vaccine currently shows a 94.1% efficacy (success) rate in preventing COVID-19. Side effects, though rare, are minimal and similar to other vaccines in use. As always, the use of vaccines is a conversation every individual should have with their healthcare provider.
For more information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website or the County Health Department (insert link to COVID Vaccine page)
Source: Centers for Disease Control