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What to expect with COVID-19 vaccines once they become available

Posted at 6:00 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 09:01:52-05

INDIANAPOLIS — With the possibility of having two COVID-19 vaccines available soon, many people are questioning its safety and what to expect.

Pfizer and Moderna are expected to be the first vaccines available and both have shown to be about 95% effective.

According to Indiana's COVID-19 vaccine plan submitted to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, those who are at the greatest risk of death will be vaccinated first.

STATE VACCINE PLAN | Who will be first in the state when COVID-19 vaccines are available?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says may not the general public may not have access to the vaccine until at least April.

Dr. Chris Weaver, the senior vice president of clinical effectiveness at IU Health, says while speed has been added to the process of developing vaccines, safety steps haven't been skipped.

"They still have to go through the trials, get through the FDA and show that it is safe and effective before the vaccine is approved," Weaver said. "So, none of that is being skipped and it's really important for everybody to know that. And to know it will be safe when it's approved and out on the market."

You can learn more about the safety of the vaccines by watching our full interview with Weaver in the player above.