COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

Science-based information to help you stay informed about the safety and availability of a COVID-19 vaccine
YES Currently, there are two COVID-19 vaccines under Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S.

The Path to Defeating COVID‑19

As the trusted champion for lung health, the American Lung Association is focused on slowing the spread and defeating COVID-19. To further protect the overall population and those most vulnerable, we need a sufficiently high proportion of the population to get vaccinated to stop coronavirus transmission. The introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine gives us hope.

We encourage everyone to consider getting a vaccine once one has been approved by the FDA. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Progress to Date in the U.S.


PHASE 1
8Vaccines testing safety and dosage

PHASE 2
4Vaccines in expanded safety trials

PHASE 3
5Vaccines in large-scale efficacy tests
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)0Vaccines applied for early or limited use

Availability
2Vaccines authorized for emergency use

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for emergency use. Both vaccines require two doses: 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days apart for the Moderna vaccine. Government officials in the United States expect close to 40 million doses in total to be provided by Pfizer and Moderna by the end of 2020. View the number of doses distributed and administered.

Initial Vaccine Recipient Prioritization

The CDC recommends that healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities be the first to get vaccinated once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved. The next expected groups include essential workers, adults with high-risk medical conditions and older adults.

Phase 1A:

  • Healthcare Personnel
  • Residents of Long-term Care Facilities

Phase 1B:

  • Frontline Essential Workers
  • Adults 75+

Phase 1C:

  • People 16-64 with High-Risk Medical Conditions
  • Adults 65-74
  • Other Essential Workers

Vaccine Safety

The U.S. has an established vaccine safety system that ensures all vaccines are as safe as possible. The safety of a COVID-19 vaccine is a top priority. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

The following public health organizations support a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as a key tool to ending the pandemic:

  • American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)
  • American Lung Association
  • American Public Health Association 
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Immunization Action Coalition
  • The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • Trust For America’s Health

Do You Plan to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The American Lung Association encourages everyone to talk to their doctor about planning for the COVID-19 vaccine. To stop the spread of infection and end the pandemic, the U.S. needs widespread adoption of the COVID-19 vaccine. Will you get vaccinated?

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to common and evolving questions around a COVID-19 vaccine.

When Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Be Available to the General Public?

Two vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, are available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). 

Distribution of vaccines that have been given emergency use authorization (EUA) has started and is on a state-by-state basis usually based on population. Actual distribution locally to hospitals, pharmacies and ultimately individuals is based on each states’ policy for distribution taking into account previous priorities that have been set—frontline workers, nursing home residents, essential workers, etc.

Initially, there will not be enough doses available for even the highest priority group of adults, which means not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away. But supplies will increase over time, and all adults should be able to get vaccinated later in 2021, potentially the spring/summer timeframe. The goal is for anyone who wants to get vaccinated be able to do so once a COVID-19 vaccine is available. 

Who Will Get the COVID-19 Vaccine First?

Initially, there will not be enough doses available for all adults, which means certain groups will be prioritized to receive the vaccine first and not everyone would be able to get vaccinated right away. But supplies will increase over time, and all adults should be able to get vaccinated later in 2021. The goal is for anyone who wants to get vaccinated be able to do so once a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available. In the case of a limited supply, the CDC recommends vaccinating the following priority groups first.

  • Healthcare personnel (doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, dentists, pharmacists, environmental services staff, food services staff, and so forth in hospitals, physician offices, home health, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, etc.)
  • Residents of long-term care facilities

As more vaccine becomes available, additional priority groups will be eligible for vaccination, including:

  • Persons aged 75+
  • Frontline essential workers—this group includes individuals who work in essential jobs and are at a substantially higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 including those who work in the following fields: first responders, education, food & agriculture, manufacturing, public transit, etc.
  • Persons aged 65-74
  • Persons aged 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions
  • Other essential workers—this group includes individuals who work in essential jobs such as: legal, IT & communication, media, construction, food service, finance, etc.

A COVID-19 vaccine may not be available for young children until more studies are completed.

Is It Possible to Get COVID-19 from the Vaccine?

No. Like the flu shot and other vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines cannot give you the virus.

The American Lung Association urges members of the public to always consult with their own healthcare providers about whether this or any vaccine is appropriate for them.

Page last updated: January 4, 2021

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