COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

Science-based information to help you stay informed about the safety and availability of a COVID-19 vaccine

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 COVID-19 vaccines gives us hope. 

We encourage everyone to consider getting a vaccine once one is available to them. 

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

6Vaccines testing safety and dosage

5Vaccines in expanded safety trials

8Vaccines in large-scale efficacy tests
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)1Vaccines applied for early or limited use

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. Johnson & Johnson has applied for emergency use authorization for its one-dose vaccine. 

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

Where to Get Your Vaccination

After CDC makes its recommendations, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and distribution is ultimately determined by your state. Select your state below to visit your health department for more information on how and when you can get your COVID-19 vaccination.

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.

Will people who had COVID-19 be able to get the vaccine? Do they need to get it?

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Experts do not yet know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called “natural immunity,” varies from person to person.  It is rare for someone who has had COVID-19 to get infected again. It also is uncommon for people who do get COVID-19 again to get it within 90 days of when they recovered from their first infection. We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have more data on how well the vaccines work.

We also do not know if natural immunity protects someone from the new circulating variants.

Where do I go to get a vaccine?

Although the CDC made recommendations on the initial priority groups for vaccination, it is ultimately up to your state for the vaccine rollout. State health departments are providing information on when and where vaccines are available. Find your state health department using our lookup tool

Will COVID-19 vaccines protect me against the emerging variants?

There are multiple variants of the novel coronavirus circulating globally. These variants seem to spread more easily and faster than other variants. So far, studies suggest that antibodies produced through vaccination with currently authorized vaccines recognize these variants. This is being closely studied. We do not know how these variants may affect existing therapies, vaccines and tests. There are studies underway to understand just that.

Learn more about new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 on the CDC site.

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

Better For It - COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

It will take all of us to bring this pandemic under control, and we invite you to download our resources to help spread the word in your community.

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: February 5, 2021

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