COVID-19 Vaccination: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 vaccination programs have been rolling out since December in every state across the country. While research shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective, some Americans are still hesitating to sign up. If you are concerned about the safety or efficacy of the vaccines, here are your questions answered.

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?

The Federal and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the COVID-19 vaccines, which means that it meets FDA regulations for safety and effectiveness. Clinical trials have proven that these vaccines are between 94.1% and 95% effective at preventing a person from developing COVID-19 after receiving both shots.

What are the Types of Vaccines? 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three brands of COVID-19 vaccines currently available, including:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen.

These brands do the same to protect you from contracting COVID-19.

Who Shouldn’t Get the Vaccine? 

  • People who have severe vaccine allergies. They will need to be more cautious and consult with their doctor.
  • Children under 12 years. The guidelines for this may change in the future as more information develops.
  • Immunocompromised individuals will need to speak with their doctor first about potential risks.

How Can I Receive the Vaccine? 

You can find a vaccine near you using the location finder on

Is There a Cost Associated with the Vaccine? 

No. The Federal Government is offering the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the US, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. For more information, visit the CDC here.


If you are still undecided about receiving the vaccine, please consult with your doctor and visit the CDC FAQs for more information. This vaccine helps protect you from contracting COVID-19 and could also help prevent you from unintentionally spreading the disease to others.

The Aspen Medical team is committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and supporting your communities through our vaccination programs.