Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is used to protect you against coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. The FDA has approved this vaccine for use in people 16 years old and older. The FDA continues to allow this vaccine to be given for emergency use to children 5 to 15 years old. Health Canada has approved this vaccine for use in people 5 years and older. You can get more information from your health care professional via the FDA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers, the Health Canada Patient Medication Information, or the Informed Consent Form for a study.Vaccines may not fully protect everyone who receives them. However, studies show that this vaccine helps protect most people who receive it against COVID-19. The vaccine may help you fight the virus if you are exposed to it later. The vaccine may prevent the illness, or reduce the seriousness of it. Continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing (physical distancing), and follow other safety guidelines to protect yourself and those around you until otherwise directed by your health care professional and public health officials. The information in this document reflects recent data, which is still being studied and added to. Talk to your health care professional about the risks and benefits of this vaccine.

How to use

Read all vaccine information available from your health care professional before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, ask your health care professional.

This vaccine is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually given in the upper arm. Closely follow the vaccination schedule provided by the health care professional. It may help to mark a calendar as a reminder. Keep all scheduled medical appointments.

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