COVID-19 Vaccine

This webpage is designed to provide helpful information regarding vaccines, their effectiveness, and where you and your family can receive the vaccine. 
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  • Vaccines are widely accessible in the United States and are available for everyone at no cost.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
  • COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • You may have side effects after vaccination. These are normal and should go away in a few days.
  • It typically takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the second dose of a 2 dose vaccine or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
  • Regardless if you already had COVID-19, you should be vaccinated. Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick against after recovery from COVID-19. 
  • Once you've been fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • Vaccines are widely accessible in the United States. Everyone aged 12 and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is available at no cost, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.
  • Many doctor's offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics offer COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Parents, check with your child's healthcare provider about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Find a COVID-19 vaccine location by visiting or texting your ZIP code to 438829.
  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are effective at preventing COVID-19 as seen in clinical trial settings.
  • Research provides growing evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines offer similar protection in real world conditions.
  • COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID-19 vaccination helps protect people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and might also help protect people around them.
  • To receive the most protection, people should receive all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may still get sick because no vaccine is 100% effective. 
  • Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends updated COVID-19 booster shots. People 12 and older may get the new Pfizer booster and those 18 and older may get the Moderna booster.
The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters include components of the original virus strain and the omicron variant. 
APH recommends families prioritize getting up to date with their vaccines this fall, including updated seasonal flu shots and new COVID-19 boosters.
During the 2022–23 flu season, COVID-19 is expected to continue spreading in the U.S. It is recommended that individuals receive new booster doses, if eligible, in addition to the seasonal flu vaccine, which is for everyone 6 months and older. Ideally, flu shots should be administered during September and October and can be given at the same time as COVID-19 vaccines.