Residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are at increased risk of infection and severe illness from COVID-19. LTCF residents are adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services, including medical and personal care, to people who can’t live independently. The communal nature of these facilities, which often have a population of older adults with underlying medical conditions, puts residents at increased risk. All LTCF residents are recommended to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Tips for How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
If you have not already been vaccinated against COVID-19, you can:
Talk to the LTCF staff to determine if a vaccine can be made available to you on site.
Ask a family member or friend to help you schedule a vaccination appointment if a vaccine is not available on site. Vaccines.gov can assist with finding vaccination providers near you.
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 LTCF Residents and Family Members
You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.
Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
A COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
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 vaccinated, some people have side effects. Common side effects include:
Pain, redness or swelling where you get your shot
These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Learn more about possible side effects and what to expect after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
After vaccination, you or your caregiver will receive a vaccination record card. For some COVID-19 vaccines, two shots are needed to provide the most protection, and the shots are given several weeks apart. The vaccination record card can ensure you receive the correct vaccine for the second dose (if needed).
After you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you might be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.
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.