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July 13, 2021

How do I get vaccinated against COVID-19?

The answers on this site were developed with and vetted by the CDC

Everyone over the age of 12 is eligible to be vaccinated, but availability and appointment scheduling vary from state to state.

  • Visit (available in English and Spanish) to find vaccination providers near you. In some states, information may be limited while more vaccination providers and pharmacies are being added.

  • Text your zip code to 438829 (English) and 822862 (Spanish) to find vaccine providers near you, and coordinate a free ride to a provider.

  • Call 1-800-232-0233 (available in 150+ languages) to find vaccine providers near you.

  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccine appointments are available. To find out which pharmacies are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program visit CDC’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program website.

  • Contact your state health department to find additional vaccination locations in the area.

  • Check your local news outlets, they may also have information on how to get a vaccine.

  • There are also other resources such as Plan Your Vaccine to help you get started.

If you have questions, make sure you talk to your doctor.

If you’re ready to get vaccinated, get up-to-date information on locations near you.

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When can I get vaccinated?

In the United States, everyone age 12 and over is currently eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

More about vaccine recommendations (CDC)
What should I expect?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will be a lot like getting any other shot.

When you go in, you’ll be given a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific vaccine you’re being offered. Before you arrive, contact the site where you will be vaccinated or review your appointment confirmation email for details about what identification and proof of eligibility you may need to bring to your vaccination appointment. When you get a vaccine, you and your healthcare provider will both need to wear masks that cover your nose and mouth. Stay 6 feet away from others while inside and in lines.

Once you’ve had the vaccine, you will receive a vaccination card with the date, location, and type of vaccine you received. You might also get a card reminding you when to come back for the second shot if applicable.

What to expect at your appointment (CDC)
Do I have to show proof of citizenship to get a vaccine?

CDC does not require United States citizenship for individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

DHS statement on equal access (DHS)
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of immigration status video
How much does it cost?

There is no cost to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccine is provided at 100% no cost to recipients. 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. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay a vaccine administration fee.

More about the vaccination program (CDC)
What type of vaccine will I get?

Currently, three types of vaccines are authorized for use in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Different locations and providers will have one or more of these vaccines in stock. At this time, children and teens aged 12 and up are eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but those younger than 12 years of age are not.

The bottom line is that every vaccine that is recommended by FDA and CDC has been thoroughly tested and found to be effective and safe. COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. The safety and efficacy of mixing vaccines has not yet been evaluated. Both doses of the series for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), should be completed with the same product.

You’ll get a card or fact sheet at your vaccination site that will tell you about the vaccine and help you understand the details. Your card will tell you which kind of vaccine you get and when to get the second dose, if applicable.

What to expect at your appointment (CDC)