COVID-19 Vaccines for Healthcare Personnel
CDC now recommends that people aged 65 years and older, residents in long-term care settings, and people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. Other groups may receive a booster shot based on their individual risk and benefit. Learn more.
Healthcare personnel continue to be on the front line of the nation’s fight against COVID-19. By providing critical care to those who are or might be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, some healthcare personnel are at increased risk of infection from COVID-19. All healthcare personnel are recommended to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Tips for How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
If you have not already been vaccinated against COVID-19, you can:
- Talk to your healthcare administrative staff to determine if a vaccine can be made available to you on site.
- If a vaccine is not available on site, Vaccines.gov can assist with finding vaccination providers near you.
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 Healthcare Professionals
You can help protect yourself and your patients by getting a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.
- Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- A COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
- Depending on the kind of COVID-19 vaccine you get, you might need a second shot 3 weeks (or 21 days) or 4 weeks (or 28 days) after your first shot.
- Learn more about getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
After getting vaccinated, some people have side effects. Common side effects include:
- Pain, redness, or swelling where you get your shot
- Muscle pain
These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Learn more about possible side effects and what to expect after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
After You Are Fully Vaccinated
For non-healthcare settings:
After you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can resume activities in non-healthcare settings that you did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.
For healthcare settings:
When you are working in a healthcare setting, different infection prevention and control guidance will apply. Learn more: Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination.
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.