COVID-19 Vaccines for Long-term Care Residents
What You Need to Know
- CDC recommends everyone aged 5 years and older, including people who live and work in Long-term Care (LTC) settings, get 1 updated COVID-19 vaccine. Children aged 6 months – 4 years may need more than 1 updated COVID-19 vaccines to be up to date.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised can get additional updated COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more about additional doses.
- People who live in LTC settings must give consent, or agree to getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you live or work in a Long-term Care (LTC) setting, you can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting your updated COVID-19 vaccine.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective—especially against becoming seriously ill, being hospitalized and dying.
- Older adults and people with certain health conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccines can help keep you from getting seriously ill if you do get COVID-19.
If your loved one is not able to ask questions or otherwise communicate with the LTC staff, here’s what to know about consent for getting a COVID-19 vaccine:
- Consent or assent for a COVID-19 vaccine is given by LTC residents (or people appointed to make medical decisions on their behalf called a medical proxy) and documented in their charts per the provider’s standard practice.
- Residents who receive a COVID-19 vaccine (or their medical proxy) also receive a fact sheet before vaccination. The fact sheet explains the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.
- Some COVID-19 vaccination providers may require written, email, or verbal consent from recipients before getting vaccinated. This is at the provider’s discretion; written consent is not required by federal law for COVID-19 vaccination in the United States (U.S.)
How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
To make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for you or your family member:
- Talk with the LTC staff about getting vaccinated on site.
- Ask a family member or friend to help you schedule a vaccination appointment if you can’t get vaccinated on site. Visit vaccines.gov to find providers near you.
- If you have additional questions about how to get a COVID-19 vaccine, talk with your healthcare provider.
To find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you: Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.