The SARS-COV2 virus is known to be very dangerous if not deadly to high risk populations. Common severe complications from this virus include a life threatening pneumonia requiring hospital care.
Two highly effective mRNA vaccines are now available (Pfizer and Moderna) in limited quantities and should become increasingly available to high risk individuals before it becomes generally available to the public. These vaccinations DO NOT contain live virus and therefore CANNOT cause infection. They are primarily approved for prevention of a severe COVID 19 related illness. The Pfizer vaccination is approved for 16 and up and the Moderna vaccine is approved for 18 and up. Both vaccination require 2 doses to be effective. We are currently in phased 1A and 1B in Texas.
Because of limited vaccine availability, CDC and many public health agencies and hospital systems are providing vaccine in a phased manner as indicated below: