The new COVID-19 Vaccine Novavax is now available in Erie. This 2 dose series serves as the primary vaccine doses.

"The authorization for this vaccine is specifically as a primary vaccine series, so if you've had an MRNA vaccine, this is not a vaccine for you," said AHN Director of Pharmacy Stephen Henderson.

Novavax is a protein subunit vaccine, meaning a spike protein similar to COVID is injected, and the immune system sees that foreign protein and responds. 

Novavax has proven to be over 90% effective against confirmed PCR COVID-19 cases. Side effects from this vaccine are similar to those of the MRNA vaccines Pfizer and Moderna.

As a more "traditional" vaccine, health officials hope that people feel more comfortable and choose this option if they are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19.