Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination
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Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination

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      Updated Oct. 14, 2020

      In the United States, there is currently no authorized or approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Operation Warp Speedexternal icon has been working since the pandemic started to make a COVID-19 vaccine(s) available as soon as possible. CDC is focused on vaccine planning, working closely with health departments and partners to get ready for when a vaccine is available. CDC does not have a role in developing COVID-19 vaccines.

      Below are answers to commonly asked questions. Regular updates will be made as needed.

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      What is Operation Warp Speed’s role with COVID-19 vaccines? -- How many COVID-19 vaccines are under development? -- How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed? -- Who is paying for COVID-19 vaccine? -- Will there be enough vaccine for everyone? -- Are there special considerations on who should get the COVID-19 vaccine first? -- Has there been a coronavirus vaccine developed before? What’s known about it, and can it be helpful today in working toward a COVID-19 vaccine? -- Why would a vaccine be needed if we can do other things, like social distancing and wearing masks, to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading? -- If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available? -- Are there other vaccines that can help prevent me from getting COVID-19? -- What can I do now to help protect myself from getting COVID-19 since a vaccine is not yet available?
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