COVID-19 Vaccination for Essential Workers
Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.
Tips for How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
If you have not already been vaccinated against COVID-19, you can:
- Visit Vaccines.govexternal icon to find out where vaccines are available in your community.
- Contact your state or local health department for more information.
- Ask your employer if they are making vaccines available to employees.
- Discuss your vaccination options with your employer if you are a contractor or work off site.
Find a COVID-19 vaccine: Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.
Information About COVID-19 Vaccines for Essential Workers
You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting vaccinated.
- Studies show COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- COVID-19 vaccines help prevent severe illness.
- Depending on the kind of COVID-19 vaccine you get, you might need a second shot 3 or 4 weeks after your first shot.
If you are an employer, consider time off for employees to get vaccinated. After vaccination, some people have side effects. Common side effects include:
- Pain, redness, or swelling where you got your shot
- Muscle pain
These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Learn more about what to expect after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.
The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.
Will I Be Required to Get Vaccinated for Work?
The federal government does not mandate (require) vaccination for individuals. For some healthcare workers or essential employees, a state or local government or employer, for example, may require or mandate that workers be vaccinated as a matter of state or other law. Check with your employer to see if they have any rules that apply to you. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine mandates and exceptions.