What about the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines? If Pfizer is only one with full approval, does that mean I shouldn’t get one of the other vaccines?

For most people, getting the first available COVID vaccine is the best thing you can do to safeguard your health. If you have additional questions about which vaccine is best for you, check with your doctor.

All of the COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested and reviewed, and are collecting data toward their application for full approval status. Before receiving EUA, all three vaccines underwent clinical trials with tens of thousands of people, and the FDA evaluated comprehensive data on their safety and effectiveness. All three showed excellent safety and effectiveness profiles, and now, hundreds of millions of vaccine doses in the U.S. and billions worldwide have been safely administered.

The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will continue to be safely administered through emergency use authorization as the FDA reviews data about their real-world use. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was the first vaccine to receive emergency authorization, which is why it is the first to have enough data to receive full approval. It does not mean anything about the safety and effectiveness of either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Moderna has also submitted an application for full approval of its COVID-19 vaccine, and the FDA is currently reviewing that data.

August 23, 2021