Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
UPDATE
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATE
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
UPDATE
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

COVID-19 Vaccination for Essential Workers

COVID-19 Vaccination for Essential Workers

NOTICE: CDC now recommends that certain people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, including those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Get more information and read CDC’s media statement.

Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccinationGet 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.

female educator wearing a mask. You Are Essential. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection. www.cdc.gov

Protect Your Workplace with COVID-19 Vaccines

Resources for employees and employers to help you plan for and encourage COVID-19 vaccination to protect your workplace.

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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.

Learn more about who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster 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
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

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.

Safe, Easy, Free, and Nearby COVID-19 Vaccination

The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the U.S., regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Free

Will I Be Required to Get Vaccinated for Work?

An employer may require that their workers be vaccinated. Check with your employer to see if they have any rules that apply to you.