Updated September 10, 2021
Everyone 12+ is Eligible
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. They reduce your risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19.
- All vaccines available in the U.S. are authorized for people 18 years old and older.
- The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 12-15 years of age. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for kids 12 and older.
- The Pfizer vaccine, marketed under the name COMIRNATY, is fully approved by the FDA for people 16 years old and older.
- A third dose of mRNA vaccine is authorized for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals, which are people with weakened immune systems.
COVID-19 Booster Shots Coming this Fall
Although CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time, HHS has announced a plan to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots this fall.
The FDA and CDC are examining the data to determine the optimal timing of a booster. If you get a booster too soon after your second shot you may not get the best immune response.
Finding a Vaccine Location: What to Expect
- The process will depend on the location you choose. See if the location you choose requires an appointment or accepts walk-ins.
- The vaccine is free, and you don’t need an ID or health insurance to get it.
- Parental consent is required for those age 12-15.
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Safe & Effective
The COVID-19 vaccines prevent COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. The COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants—of different ages, races, and ethnicities—in clinical trials. The vaccines meet the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality. More on Vaccine Safety
Anyone who has remained hesitant about the vaccines should use the FDA's full approval of Pfizer for those 16 and older as motivation to get the shot as soon as possible.
Protect yourself, protect others, and help stop the pandemic. Get your shot today.
Get the Vax Facts
Fight vaccine misinformation. Turn to trusted public health resources for the facts you need.
No. None of the vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so they can't give you COVID-19.
After receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Side effects are typically mild to moderate, occur within the first 3 days beginning the day of the vaccination, and resolve within 1-2 days of onset. Some people have no side effects. Common side effects on the arm where you received the shot include pain, redness, and swelling. Throughout the rest of your body, you may feel tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea. For more information, please see the CDC's Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines teach our body how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity against COVID-19.
The currently available vaccines provide protection from COVID-19 disease, including its variants, like the Delta variant. Learn the latest about variants from CDC.
Yes. Once they have completed their isolation period, people previously infected with COVID-19 may receive the vaccine. According to the CDC, people appear to become susceptible to reinfection after more than 90 days from the time they were initially infected. Reinfection appears to be rare during the first 90 days after someone was infected with COVID-19.
No. COVID-19 vaccines to not change or interact with your DNA in any way. The vaccines teach our bodies how to protect against future COVID infections. Learn more about how the vaccines work from the CDC.