Although the approved vaccines for COVID-19 are new, the science they use has been studied and enhanced through decades of research.

Vaccines work with the immune system and allow a strengthened response to the virus if exposure occurs. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines contain synthetic mRNA, which is genetic information used to make the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. The spike protein is the part of the virus that attaches to human cells. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses viral vector technology. 

Children and the Vaccine

With the Pfizer vaccine now approved for children 5 and older, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Mariana Lanata, MD, answers some questions frequently asked by parents.

COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnancy

Dr. David Jude, chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, addresses many of the questions pregnant and breastfeeding women may have when deciding whether the COVID-19 vaccine is right for them. >>Read More

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