COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccines have been authorized for use in preventing COVID-19. Learn more about vaccines, vaccine safety, and vaccine availability.

Who decides COVID-19 vaccine eligibility?

Because early supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine are limited, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations for who should be considered eligible for vaccination first. Based on those recommendations and the number of doses they are allocated, state and county public health departments determine a more specific prioritization schedule for their residents. Allocation plans can vary from state to state and the speed at which eligible individuals are vaccinated depends on the number of doses available. Learn more about how the CDC determines the eligibility recommendations for the vaccine:

When vaccine is limited, who should get vaccinated first?

What is a COVID-19 vaccine?

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a transport box at UI Health Care

A vaccine is medicine used to boost your body’s immune system to prevent a disease. COVID-19 vaccines give you immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Learn about what vaccines do, how they do it, and how the authorized vaccines prevent COVID-19.

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?

David Conway, RN receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccines have gone through the same testing and analysis that is used for all vaccines to make sure they’re safe and effective.

Learn about why the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, how effective they are, and the extensive work that was done to get them ready for safe use as soon as possible.

You can get an inside look at the experience of getting the COVID-19 vaccine by watching these video diaries from UI Hospitals & Clinics faculty and staff.


Are COVID-19 vaccines available?

COVID-19 vaccines are being made available in phases, based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Learn about who will get the vaccines first, how the phases of availability are being decided, and what you can do to find out when you might expect to be eligible to get vaccinated.

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