Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

Information for Employers and Employees

CDC will continue to add more materials to this toolkit. Please check back frequently for updates.

woman wearing mask giving a thumbs up with text I got my COVID-19 Vaccine! You are essential. Getting a COVID_!( vaccine adds one more layer of protection.

In some states, essential workers already have access to vaccines to help protect them against COVID-19. These vaccines will be available to essential workers across the nation soon. CDC has provided a toolkit to help employers educate their essential workers about this important new prevention tool.

Who is this toolkit for?

This toolkit is designed for employers of essential workers. Essential workers perform duties across critical infrastructure sectors and maintain the services and functions that U.S. residents depend on daily. Examples of the many types of essential workers include police officers, firefighters, and people working in education, child care centers, and grocery stores.

What is the purpose of this toolkit?

This toolkit will help your organization educate employees about COVID-19 vaccines, raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination, and address common questions and concerns.

How can I get started?

Coordinate with your Local Health Department

If you are not already working with your local health department, consider reaching out for assistance. The health department’s immunization program can help coordinate vaccination clinics, provide speakers for presentations, and offer other types of expertise.

  • Adapt the key messages to the language, tone, and format that will resonate with your organization. You know what works for your employees.
  • Customize the template letter and send or email it to your employees to introduce your COVID-19 vaccine educational activities.
  • Print copies of the posters and use them as handouts or to hang in highly visible places in your offices, buildings, and other employee locations.
  • Organize a COVID-19 vaccine presentation ppt icon[3.7 MB, 16 pages] (also available in Spanish ppt icon[4 MB]) for your employees and promote it via digital and employee communication channels. If you are able, organize a virtual presentation. If not, organize an in-person presentation following COVID-19 safety precautions. Ask if your local health department can provide a speaker if you do not have a health educator on staff. Distribute copies of the FAQs.
  • Continue to educate your workforce via articles, blog posts, and social media posts.
  • Invite your employees to wear stickers once they have been vaccinated and post vaccination selfies on social media.

Communicate with Your Employees

Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Use information on these websites to help answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine in your workplace. You can also download the FAQs.

Information for Employers

Information for Employees


These posters/flyers encourage and support community members in their decision to get vaccinated. You can print and post them in your buildings and other community locations.

Essential Worker Posters

Essential Worker Posters

Posters to encourage essential workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine. On the job, and at home. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection.

View and Download Posters (available in Spanish)

Thumbnail image of the Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines PDF

About COVID-19 Vaccines Factsheet

Plain language fact sheet with information on COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines (shots) are one of the tools we have to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus.

View and Download Factsheet (available in multiple languages)

fotonovela factsheet thumbnail

COVID-19 Vaccine Fotonovela

Use this fotonovela to promote COVID-19 vaccination in your community. This comic-book style graphic tells the story of a daycare worker’s decision to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

View and Download Fotonovela (available in Spanish)

Printable Stickers


Printable stickers for staff to handout to people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Compatible with full-sheet sticker paper or standard precut 1 2/3” labels.

View and Download COVID-19 Vaccine Sticker (available in Spanish)

Social Media

These messages and images are for use on various social media channels that your organization uses, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can use them as-is with the hashtag #SleeveUp or include your own identity.

Sample Social Media Message

Social Media Graphics

How do I get a vaccine web widget

CDC has widgets that can be placed on your organization’s website in any way that works best. This widget is meant to enhance access to up to date information on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines.

Copy the code below for this “How do I get a COVID-19 Vaccine?” widget:

<div data-cdc-widget="HDFinderCOVIDVaccination" data-theme="theme1" data-widget-max-height="629px"></div><script src=""></script>

Copy the code below for this “How do I get a COVID-19 Vaccine?” widget:

<div data-cdc-widget="HDFinderCOVIDVaccination" data-theme="theme2" data-widget-max-height="629px"></div><script src=""></script>

Can I put my organization’s logo on these materials?

You can put your organization’s logo on materials in this toolkit, but  you should leave the CDC URL ( on those materials.