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Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination for Essential Workers

Tips for How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

If you have not already been vaccinated against COVID-19, 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.
  • Discuss your vaccination options with your employer if you are a contractor or work off site.

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.

female educator wearing a mask. You Are Essential. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection. www.cdc.gov

Protect Your Workplace with COVID-19 Vaccines

Resources for employees and employers to help you plan for and encourage COVID-19 vaccination to protect your workplace.

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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
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

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.

Fast, Easy, Free, and Nearby 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.

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Free

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.

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