Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Anyone who is 16 years old or older can get the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The FDA has said that people who have a history of anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction) to the COVID-19 vaccine or its components should not get the vaccine for now. The FDA is planning to publish more guidance soon about what to do if you do have a history of anaphylaxis.
Even though most adults can get the vaccine, certain groups will get the vaccine first. Right now, the first doses are being given to healthcare workers who are at direct risk of being exposed to coronavirus. People who live and work at long-term care settings like skilled nursing facilities are also at the front of the line. As more vaccine doses are produced and distributed, more people will become eligible to receive it. If you are in a high-risk group, talk to your doctor or your employer about when you may be able to get the vaccine.
Experts estimate that healthy adults in the general population may be able to get the vaccine in the spring.