LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The coronavirus vaccine will soon be made available to more members of the public by federal public health officials.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to recommend that states provide the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65 and older. The guidelines are intended to expand the pool of people who can receive the vaccine.
Just under 9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far, the CDC reported.
So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two applications for emergency use authorization. The first application approved was for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, and then Moderna’s vaccine.
Moderna released new information about its COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. The company claims the vaccine should protect people for at least one year, per Reuters. The Biotech company will also reportedly test a third dose to see if it will have even longer protection.
Currently, the Moderna vaccine is given as two doses a month apart.
Since both vaccines were only invented last year, no one knows how long they will protect people, including pregnant women. Norton Children’s Hospital Maternal-Fetus Medicine Dr. Jamil Elfarra said since neither coronavirus vaccine has not been thoroughly tested on pregnant women, it’s unclear if it poses any harm to the mother or unborn baby.
“How much of a risk do I have of getting COVID?” Elfarra said, “and if I get it, am I at an even more higher risk category? Do I have other medical issues such as high blood sugars, high blood pressures, am I overweight, African American? All of these play a role.”
Find more information from the CDC about the coronavirus and pregnant women here.