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Things to Know about the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Three Important Ways to Slow the Spread
  • How to Protect Yourself When Going Out
  • If You are at Risk of Getting Very Sick
  • What to Do If You're Sick
  • How to Get a Test for Current Infection
  • How to Cope with Stress

People at Increased Risk

Other People Who Need Extra Precautions
Factors that mean you might need to take extra precautions against COVID-19

Prevent Getting Sick

  • Protect Yourself and Others
  • How Coronavirus Spreads
  • How to Protect Yourself
  • Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer 
  • Social Distancing

COVID-19 Vaccine

Because COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines, information is rapidly emerging about how vaccines can help us stop the pandemic. CDC will update this page with more information about what we know—and what we don’t know—as it becomes available. Learn more facts about COVID-19 vaccines.

People with Underlying Medical Conditions

Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may be administered to people with underlying medical conditions provided they have not had a severe or immediate allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. 

CDC Vaccine Recommendations

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes or approves a COVID-19 vaccine, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will quickly hold a public meeting to review all available data about that vaccine (sign up to receive email updates whenever ACIP’s Meeting Information is updated).

What to Expect after  Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Health Equity Considerations

Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. The term “racial and ethnic minority groups” includes people of color with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Considerations for Communities of Faith

CDC offers the following general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe.  Millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life.  For many faith traditions, gathering together for worship is at the heart of what it means to be a community of faith.