COVID-19 Vaccines for Older Adults
The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. This is why CDC recommends that adults 65 years and older receive COVID-19 vaccines. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step to help prevent getting sick from COVID-19.
Tips for How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
- Contact your state or local health department for more information.
- Ask a family member or friend to help with scheduling an appointment.
- Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or community health center if they plan to provide vaccines and ask them to let you know when vaccines are available.
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 in the U.S.
Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Older Adults
You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting the vaccine when it is available.
- Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19.
- You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
- Depending on the kind of COVID-19 vaccine you get, you might need a second shot 3 or 4 weeks after your first shot.
After getting the vaccine, 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 what to expect after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.
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.