Safe and effective vaccines are bringing us back together.

Protect yourself and those you care about.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Getting vaccinated will help protect you, your family members, friends, coworkers, and our most vulnerable—like long term care residents—from COVID-19. The vaccines are highly effective in preventing individuals from getting sick or seriously ill from COVID-19 as well as slowing the spread.

Ultimately, when we all get vaccinated, we can help end the pandemic. This will allow us to enjoy the things we love to do again, kids to return to school, and families to reunite.

Are the vaccines safe?

Yes. The vaccines have been subject to the most extensive safety monitoring effort in U.S. history. They were thoroughly tested in hundreds of thousands of individuals and the data from those clinical trials was rigorously examined.

Even now, the vaccines continue to be monitored closely to ensure their safety. As of mid-May, more than 125 million people are fully vaccinated in the U.S., and severe reactions to the vaccine have been extremely rare.

What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities you did prior to the pandemic. You can resume these activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by certain governments, businesses, and workplaces. Learn more about what you can start to do.

In nursing homes, the federal government allows fully vaccinated residents and family members to visit without distancing or masks. Fully vaccinated residents can engage in activities and dining without masks or social distancing with other vaccinated residents.

In addition, if all long term care staff are vaccinated, they can congregate in break rooms or hold meetings without distancing and masks. Finally, vaccinated staff do not have to undergo routine testing in the facility.

It’s time to roll up our sleeves.

COVID-19 has been hard on everyone, but especially for those who live and work in long term care. The adoption of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a lifesaving turning point in the fight against this virus. It’s important that everyone get vaccinated, so we can protect our nation’s seniors, our loved ones, our colleagues, and ourselves.

It’s time to roll up our sleeves.

COVID-19 has been hard on everyone, but especially for those who live and work in long term care. The adoption of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a lifesaving turning point in the fight against this virus. It’s important that everyone get vaccinated, so we can protect our nation’s seniors, our loved ones, our colleagues, and ourselves.

Stories

Staff in nursing homes, assisted living communities and other facilities are choosing to #GetVaccinated to protect their residents and put an end to the pandemic.

As a minority, I know I am setting a great example for the Black community.

— Sophia, Registered Nurse

I wanted to get it because I want people to be reunited, I want people to hug again…

— Jacob, Personal Care Assistant

I wanted to be part of the solution to help end the pandemic. I want to protect our residents and our health care workers, the older population, and the most vulnerable.

— Emaury, Activity Director

Resources

We have developed resources to help you combat misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines among your family members, friends and coworkers.

The #GetVaccinated campaign was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.