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November 18, 2021

How do I get vaccinated against COVID-19?

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

Everyone age 5 and older is eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines. Availability and appointment scheduling vary from state to state.

  • Visit VaccineFinder.org (available in English and Spanish), to find vaccination providers near you.
  • 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 5 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 on offer.

Before you arrive for your appointment, contact the vaccination site or see your appointment confirmation email for details about what ID and proof of eligibility you may need to bring. When you get a vaccine, you and your healthcare provider will both need to wear masks that cover your nose and mouth.

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 needed.

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. The federal government provides the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, no matter their immigration or health insurance status. No one can be denied a vaccine if they’re unable to pay an admin fee.

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

Every vaccine that is recommended by the FDA and CDC has been thoroughly tested and found to be effective and safe. Currently, three types of COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for use in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Different locations and providers will have one or more of the vaccines in stock. At this time, children and teens aged 5 and up are eligible to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine only. Those younger than 5 years of age are not eligible for any COVID-19 vaccines.

You’ll be given a card or fact sheet at your vaccination site that helps you understand the details. Your card will tell you which kind of vaccine you’re getting and when to get the second dose, if needed.

What to expect at your appointment (CDC)
If I’ve gotten a COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need a flu shot?

COVID-19 vaccines don’t protect against the seasonal flu, and flu shots don’t protect against COVID-19. They are separate vaccines and health experts recommend receiving both immunizations.

The FDA and CDC advise that it is safe to get the COVID-19 shot and flu shot at the same time. There is no time required between getting each vaccine. Visit GetMyFluShot.org for more information about flu shots and how to find one in your area.

What to expect at your appointment (CDC)

Looking for a vaccine? Visit the Vaccine Finder to get up-to-date information on locations near you.


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