Essential Workers


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.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to 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. 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.

Common Questions


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. View Resources



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