While there are no vaccines yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent COVID-19, there are FDA-approved treatments for the disease. 

Current medical care for COVID-19 is limited to:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have treatment guidelines that provide the most recent information regarding the best management of COVID-19. NIH also maintains a clinical trial database for COVID-19.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or clinic.

If you have these emergency warning signs, call 911.

Emergency warning signs of COVID-19

Difficulty breathing
Pressure or pain in chest
Bluish lips or face
Confused or hard to wake
Other serious symptoms

COVID-19 vaccination planning

In the United States, there is currently no approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19. With the possibility of one or more vaccines becoming available before the end of the year, California is putting everything in place to distribute and administer vaccine doses as quickly as possible. This will be done only after a vaccine’s safety has been reviewed and approved by a panel of top health experts.

California’s planning process for the eventual distribution and administration of COVID-19 is guided by the following overarching principles:

  1. Ensuring the COVID-19 vaccine meets safety requirements
  2. Ensuring the vaccine is distributed and administered equitably, first to those with the highest risk of becoming infected and spreading COVID-19
  3. Ensuring transparency by bringing in community stakeholders from the outset

A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important interventions to end the COVID-19 pandemic. California will be transparent, careful, and above all, equitable in efforts to provide a COVID-19 vaccine to everyone in California who needs and requests vaccination. 

See the CDPH’s COVID-19 vaccine planning and CDC’s Vaccine Information for You & Your Family pages for more details.

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