Emergency Use Authorization provides a 2-dose primary series given 3 weeks apart.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted, for patients 12 years and older to with COVID-19.1
The Novavax vaccine contains the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and Matrix-M adjuvant. The spike protein in this specific vaccine is produced in insect cells. According to the FDA, adjuvants are combined with vaccines to increase the overall immune response. The Matrix-M adjuvant includes saponin extracts from the bark of the native Chilean soapbark tree.
Similar to other currently available COVID-19 vaccines, there are a few reported adverse effects. The most commonly reported adverse effects reported by Novavax vaccine recipients included fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, pain-tenderness, headache, nausea/vomiting, and fever. The vaccine is given as a 2-dose primary series, given 3 weeks apart.
Novavax joins the growing list of COVID-19 vaccines, including vaccines from Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen.2
For more information on the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine visit www.FDA.gov.