Emergency Use Authorization
The FDA has made the COVID-19 vaccine available under an emergency use authorization (EUA). The EUA is used when circumstances exist to justify the emergency use of drugs and biological products during an emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This vaccine has not undergone the same type of review as an FDA-approved or cleared product. However, the FDA’s decision to make the vaccine available is based on the totality of scientific evidence available, showing that known and potential benefits of the vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks. Please note: FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as a two-dose series in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine continues to be available under an EUA for certain populations, including for those individuals 5 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in the populations set forth in the consent section below.
I have read, or had explained to me, the information sheet about the COVID-19 vaccination. I understand that if my vaccine requires two doses, I will need to be administered (given) two doses to be considered fully vaccinated. Further, I understand that a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine may be recommended at least 2 months following the first dose of Janssen vaccine or at least 6 months following the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine if I am a member of a certain population (e.g., 65 years or older, 18 years old or older and a resident of a long term care facility, 50-64 years with an underlying medical condition, 18-49 years old with an underlying medical condition based on individual benefits and risks, 18-64 years old and at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of working or living in a high-risk setting and based on individual benefits and risks) to increase my protection. I have had a chance to ask questions which were answered to my satisfaction (and ensured the person named above for whom I am authorized to provide surrogate consent was also given a chance to ask questions). I understand the benefits and risks of the vaccination as described. I request that the COVID-19 vaccination be given to me (or the person named above for whom I am authorized to make this request and provide surrogate consent). I understand there will be no cost to me for this vaccine. I understand that any monies or benefits for administering the vaccine will be assigned and transferred to the vaccinating provider, including benefits/monies from my health plan, Medicare or other third parties who are financially responsible for my medical care. I authorize release of all information needed (including but not limited to medical records, copies of claims and itemized bills) to verify payment and as needed for other public health purposes, including reporting to applicable vaccine registries.