Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
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 Vaccines for Workers at Increased Risk of Exposure

COVID-19 Vaccines for Workers at Increased Risk of Exposure

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine

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Vaccines are widely accessible in the United States and are available for everyone ages 5 years and older at no cost.

If you are searching for a vaccine, 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 and if they are offering time off to get your vaccine.
  • If you are a contractor or work off site, discuss additional vaccination options with your employer.

Learn more about how to find a COVID-19 vaccine so you can get it as soon as you can.

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.

What You Should Know about Your COVID-19 Vaccination

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.

What to Expect during and after Your Vaccination

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  • You should get a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card if it’s your first vaccination appointment. After your first vaccination, you’ll want to bring your card to all other COVID-19 vaccine appointments so it can be updated with information about the other doses you get.
  • If you need another dose, you can schedule your next appointment with your vaccination provider. Otherwise, you can search for another vaccination provider using any of the ways mentioned above.

Possible side effects

After vaccination, some people have side effects. Common side effects include:

  • Pain, redness, or swelling where you get your shot
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

These are normal signs that your body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Use v-safe to tell CDC about any side effects. V-safe will provide you with personalized health check-ins after your vaccination and can remind you when to get any other doses you may need.

If you are an employer, consider time off for employees to get vaccinated.

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Booster Shots

Everyone ages 18 years and older is eligible for a booster shot.

Learn more about who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot.