Below are information links to everything you wanted to know about the current status of Covid-19 vaccines. The Vaccine Distribution Plan for Washington, which includes timeline and availability, is also described on this page. It is well laid out on the Washington State Department of Health website, which is the first link provided below.
This link is part of the same page above and addresses vaccine safety.
Researchers collected safety and efficacy data as part of the Phase III clinical trials in the U.S. and other countries. A combined total of almost 75,000 volunteers participated in the clinical trials for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
Before the vaccines became available here in Washington, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices conducted a review to ensure they could safely recommend the vaccines and for which populations. In addition, the western states Scientific Safety Review Workgroup gave input on vaccine safety and efficacy. Both groups voted to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people over 16 years of age and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to people 18 years and older. Below are the findings of the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup:
This link is part of the same page and addresses how vaccines are made.
This link is part of the same page and addresses how vaccines work.
This link is part of the same page and addresses how to sort fact from fiction around Covid-19 and vaccines.
This link is from the Epilepsy Foundation for those who have questions about seizure disorders and the Covid-19 vaccine.