Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination for Essential Workers
Everyone 16 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:
- Contact your state or local health departments 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.
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.
After you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you may be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.
You will not be charged for a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:
- Require identification.
- Charge you for the vaccine.
- Charge you any administration fees, copays, or coinsurance.
- Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network.
- Charge an office visit or other fee to the recipient if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Require additional services in order for a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, additional healthcare services can be provided at the same time and billed as appropriate.
COVID-19 vaccination providers can:
- Seek appropriate reimbursement from the recipient’s plan or program (e.g., private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid) for a vaccine administration fee.
- However, providers cannot charge the vaccine recipient the balance of the bill.
- Providers may also seek reimbursement for uninsured vaccine recipients from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s COVID-19 Uninsured Program. external icon
Scam Alert: If anyone asks you to pay for access to a vaccine, it’s a scam. Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to a vaccine for an extra fee.
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.