Get the Facts: COVID-19 Vaccine
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The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is top priority.
The U.S. has a longstanding vaccine safety system to ensure that all vaccines are as safe as possible.
The FDA’s rigorous scientific and regulatory processes will ensure the safety, effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 vaccines. This includes extensive clinical trials and expanded vaccine safety monitoring.
COVID-19 vaccines undergo a strict testing and approval process before they can be administered to Oklahomans.
As of December 12th, 2020 the FDA has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the United States.
The COVID-19 vaccines available to Oklahomans are mRNA vaccines.
mRNA vaccines are a type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein — or even just a piece of a protein — that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. Our immune systems recognize that the protein doesn’t belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19.
At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection.