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Emergency use authorization isn't uncommon, ADPH says

COVID vaccines initially received FDA approval under an emergency authorization, which the ADPH says is not actually that uncommmon.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Many Americans are still hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine because they feel as though the process was rushed.

COVID vaccines initially received FDA approval under an emergency authorization, which the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) says is not actually that uncommon.

"A lot of people don't know emergency use authorization was actually utilized in the 2008-2009 timeframe, because just for example, at that time, we did not have authorization prior to the EUA for the use of Tamiflu in children as young as a couple of weeks of age. So, while this doesn't come along very often, it has come along," said Dr. Karen Landers with ADPH.

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“This is great and welcome news that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will now be available for Alabamians 12 and up, offering another option for families in our state as we get back into full gear. We have seen good success so far with these safe and effective vaccines, and I encourage parents and children to consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions,” Governor Ivey said. “The vaccine is our ticket back to normal, and I continue to feel optimistic and hopeful in the positive direction we are moving in as a state.”

After receiving the COVID vaccine, you may experience common symptoms. The CDC listed the following common side effects of the shot:

  • Pain, redness and swelling in the arm you got the shot
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

For the most up-to-date information on side effects and the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC’s website.