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 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.
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.
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.
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.