The Covid vaccine finder from vaccines.gov is the best, easiest way to find a vaccine site near me. Just put in your zip code, and choose which types of vaccine you want – Pfizer, Moderna, and/or Novavax. Select adult or child. Names and locations of pharmacies, hospitals and other providers will come up. The site tells you whether they have the vaccine in stock or not, and may state available appointments. CVS, Walgreens, your local pharmacy, and many other providers are included. First dose, second dose and boosters. Authorized by the CDC. This might be the best website government ever created. Editor’s Pick.
Read the updated Recommendations on COVID-19 vaccines, from CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Recommendations are published in the MMWR. Includes the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. Provides guidance on boosters. While the MMWR is geared to medical professionals, much of it is understandable to the general public. The recommendations explain what meetings, experts and evidence were involved in ACIP’s work. Updates from 2021 and 2022 are posted. Recommendations will be updated as more information and clinical evidence become available.
CDC final report in May 2023, of the numbers and percent receiving Covid-19 vaccinations. CDC reports 69.5% of the total population completed the primary series, nearly 230 million people. The percent who received the updated bivalent booster by May 10, 2023 was about 17% for ages 5 and up; 1 in 5 for the adult population ages 18 and up. Updated booster rate on age 65+ rose to 43%. Published May 11, 2023.
Find the latest update on clinical trials for vaccines and drugs that might be able to treat COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus. This official site is from NIH (National Institutes of Health) National Library of Medicine. As of May 26, 2022, an amazing number of studies – over 8,000 – were listed. Of those, 2,569 studies have been completed (including 537 in the US); another 556 have been terminated, suspended or withdrawn. More than 2,800 studies were recruiting or enrolling subjects by invitation; almost 700 were recruiting or enrolling in the US. The speed since the pandemic was declared March 11, 2020 is impressive. A recent search for COVID vaccine showed over 1,400 studies, 329 of which were in the United States. Short summaries available for each study may give an idea of how long the study will continue, and show if it was completed (with or without results posted). While the number is shrinking, there are still 9 hydroxychloroquine studies actively recruiting or enrolling participants in the US; 19 such studies were completed; 27 were suspended, terminated or withdrawn.
A model by Covid Act Now, supported by Georgetown and Stanford universities, provides trends on daily cases per 100,000, infection rates (how fast the COVID infection is spreading), the positive test rate, and the percent of people who are vaccinated. In each state, there are likely some county-specific data to help understand the direction of their forecast. Easy to read. One major omission is the percent of population boosted (and double-boosted).
The FDA, the federal Food and Drug Agency, provides updates on COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. The FDA regulates lab testing, drugs requiring approval, medical devices (like N95s and other personal protective equipment PPE) and vaccines. They post regular updates, sometimes multiple times per day. In addition, the FDA has listed a few of the likely many fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease.
Find information on vaccines for COVID-19, from MedlinePlus. This ad-free website stays up to date on available vaccines. Learn about vaccine safety. As vaccines receive full approval or emergency use authorization (EUA), this site reports it. It also reports on booster shots for Covid. Good site. Written for the general public.
What does “up to date” mean regarding your Covid-19 vaccination status? According to the CDC:
The bivalent booster that protects against the original virus and the omicron variant is available. It still takes about 2 weeks for each dose to give protection from the antibodies being made. Updated December 9, 2022.
Which countries have the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates? See this chart and tracking tool by Johns Hopkins showing vaccination rates by country. As of August 9, 2023, the US ranked 47th in the world for greatest percentage of population that has had at least one dose. The US has reached 82%. For reference, China’s vaccination rate (at one dose) is 93%. Canada (ranked 20th) is 91% and Spain is at 88%.
Axios-Ipsos regular poll (Wave 66) conducted May 13-16, 2022, finds many people (31%) say the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Fifty-nine (59%) of Republicans, along with 55% of the unvaccinated, believe the pandemic is over. This contrasts with just 27% of Independents, 10% of Democrats and 22% of the vaccinated who say it’s over. Almost 3 in 4 Americans (71%) describe the pandemic as a problem, but manageable.
While at least 6 in 10 people reported dining out, visiting loved ones or going shopping, only 40% said they have returned to their pre-Covid life.
The latest Coronavirus Index poll is Wave 66 of regular surveys conducted by Axios-Ipsos. The current poll has a margin of sampling error of 3.5 percentage points.
Find out what people think about COVID-19 vaccines in the Vaccine Monitor Surveys by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). Surveys from December 2020 to the present are listed here. The Vaccine Monitor research tracks public attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. Updated May 2022.
How much does Medicare pay for a Covid-19 vaccine shot? About $40. Here are the rates as of June 24, 2022, including additional doses and boosters. From CMS.
Official CDC recommendations for immunization schedules. Find the recommended immunizations for babies, children, pre-teens, teens, and adults of all age groups. Easy to read. Covid vaccination schedules have now been integrated into the immunization charts. Updated December 2022.
CDC reports rates of vaccination of health care workers for influenza and Covid-19 in the last completed flu season (2021-2022). An estimated 80% of healthcare workers were vaccinated for influenza, about the same as the prior year. Gains in vaccinations among 18 to 30 year olds and 30 to 48 year olds were noted. Best rates were by hospitals (92%), physicians (96.8%) and pharmacists (94.6%). Ambulatory care settings improved by 4 points to 81.2%. Long-term care setting vaccinations were just 66.4% (about the same as prior year). Be sure to inquire if your clinic and nursing home staff are getting vaccinated. Rural health care workers had only a 76.5% immunization rate.
In addition, CDC reported the Covid-19 vaccination rates for 2021-2022. Over 87% of healthcare personnel completed the primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Two thirds of them also received their first booster dose. In long-term care, 80% of staff completed their primary series of Covid shots; 61% got their first booster. Published October 2022.