What’s Different About the Available COVID-19 Vaccines?
By David Doolittle

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, both of which are being distributed to select health care facilities and pharmacies throughout Texas.

Although both vaccines are administered in two doses that are injected intramuscularly several weeks apart, each has specific requirements for storage, handling, preparation, and more.

To help you and your patients understand the differences and similarities between each vaccine, the Texas Medical Association has compiled important links to review before administering either vaccine.

Moderna

FDA FACT SHEET FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ADMINISTERING VACCINE

FDA FACT SHEET FOR RECIPIENTS AND CAREGIVERS

Safety and Other Information for US Health Care Professionals

CDC Product Information, Clinical Considerations, and  FAQs for the Moderna Vaccine

Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine

FDA FACT SHEET FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ADMINISTERING VACCINE

FDA FACT SHEET FOR RECIPIENTS AND CAREGIVERS

Safety and Other Information for US Health Care Professionals

CDC Product Information, Clinical Considerations, and  FAQs for the Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine

 TMA also has published a list of 10 things to know to become a covid-19 vaccine administrator that includes information on state registries, ordering and inventory, records and reporting, payment, patient education, and more.

You also can find more details about each vaccine, including the state distribution plan, how to register to administer the vaccine, and guidance from the Texas Department of State Health Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the TMA COVID-19 Resource Center.

Last Updated On

December 23, 2020

Originally Published On

December 23, 2020

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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