Information about the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted

  • The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted has not been approved or licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA, under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to provide a two-dose primary series to individuals 12 years of age and older to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The emergency use of this product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of the medical product under Section 564(b)(1) of the FD&C Act unless the declaration is terminated or authorization revoked sooner. 

What is the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted? 
The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19.  
The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted as a two-dose primary series to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 12 years of age and older under an EUA. The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted may not protect everyone. 

Where can I get the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted?
You can get the most current information about the location of vaccine centers in your area from your state, territorial, tribal, or local health authorities or by clicking the CDC vaccine finder button.

Important Safety Information

What should you mention to your vaccination provider before you get the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted?
Tell your vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: 

  • have any allergies
  • have had myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) or pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart)
  • have a fever
  • have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding
  • have received another COVID-19 vaccine
  • have ever fainted in association with an injection

Who should not get the vaccine?
You should not get the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted if you:

  • had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
  • had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine

What are the risks of the vaccine?
There is a remote chance that the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include: 

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face and throat
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A bad rash all over your body
  • Dizziness and weakness

Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart) have occurred in some people who have received the vaccine. In most of these people, symptoms began within 10 days following vaccination. The chance of having this occur is very low. You should seek medical attention right away if you have any of the following symptoms after receiving the vaccine:  

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart

Side effects that have been reported in clinical trials with the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine include:

  • Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)
  • Pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart)
  • Injection site reactions: pain/tenderness, swelling, redness and itching
  • General side effects: fatigue or generally feeling unwell, muscle pain, headache, joint pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, decreased appetite
  • Allergic reactions such as hives and swelling of the face
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Side effects that have been reported in post-authorization use with the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine include:

  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)
  • Pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart)
  • Paresthesia (unusual feeling in the skin, such as tingling or a crawling feeling)
  • Hypoesthesia (decreased feeling or sensitivity, especially in the skin)

These may not be all the possible side effects of the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted is still being studied in clinical trials.  

What should I do about side effects? 
If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 9-1-1, or go to the nearest hospital.

Call the vaccination provider or your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

Report vaccine side effects to the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The VAERS toll-free number is 1‑800‑822‑7967 or report online to https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html. Please include “Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted EUA” in the first line of box #18 of the report form.

In addition, you can report side effects to Novavax, Inc., using the following contact information:
Website: www.NovavaxMedInfo.com, Fax Number: 1-888-988-8809, Telephone Number: 1-844-NOVAVAX (1-844-668-2829).

What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss your options with your healthcare provider.

There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted during pregnancy. Women who are vaccinated with the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted during pregnancy are encouraged to enroll in the registry by visiting https://c-viper.pregistry.com.

Please see the Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers for more information. 

What is the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted?

The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19.  
The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted as a two-dose primary series to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 12 years of age and older under an EUA. The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted may not protect everyone. 

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What should you mention to your vaccination provider before you get the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted?
Tell your vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: 

  • have any allergies
  • have had myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) or pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart)
  • have a fever
  • have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding
  • have received another COVID-19 vaccine
  • have ever fainted in association with an injection

Who should not get the vaccine?
You should not get the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted if you:

  • had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
  • had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine

What are the risks of the vaccine?
There is a remote chance that the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include: 

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face and throat
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A bad rash all over your body
  • Dizziness and weakness

Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart) have occurred in some people who have received the vaccine. In most of these people, symptoms began within 10 days following vaccination. The chance of having this occur is very low. You should seek medical attention right away if you have any of the following symptoms after receiving the vaccine:  

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart

Side effects that have been reported in clinical trials with the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine include:

  • Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)
  • Pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart)
  • Injection site reactions: pain/tenderness, swelling, redness and itching
  • General side effects: fatigue or generally feeling unwell, muscle pain, headache, joint pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, decreased appetite
  • Allergic reactions such as hives and swelling of the face
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Side effects that have been reported in post-authorization use with the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine include:

  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)
  • Pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart)
  • Paresthesia (unusual feeling in the skin, such as tingling or a crawling feeling)
  • Hypoesthesia (decreased feeling or sensitivity, especially in the skin)

These may not be all the possible side effects of the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted is still being studied in clinical trials.  

What should I do about side effects? 
If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 9-1-1, or go to the nearest hospital.

Call the vaccination provider or your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

Report vaccine side effects to the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The VAERS toll-free number is 1‑800‑822‑7967 or report online to https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html. Please include “Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted EUA” in the first line of box #18 of the report form.

In addition, you can report side effects to Novavax, Inc., using the following contact information: Website: www.NovavaxMedInfo.com, Fax Number: 1-888-988-8809, Telephone Number: 1-844-NOVAVAX (1-844-668-2829).

What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss your options with your healthcare provider.

There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted during pregnancy. Women who are vaccinated with the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted during pregnancy are encouraged to enroll in the registry by visiting https://c-viper.pregistry.com.

Please see the Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers for more information.