Key Things to Know About COVID-19
COVID-19 vaccines are safe
All authorized COVID-19 vaccines meet FDA’s rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines will continue undergoing the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history to make sure that they are safe. Learn more.
COVID-19 vaccines can’t make you sick with COVID-19
None of the vaccines being used or tested in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that they cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Learn more.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective
All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines prevent nearly 100% of hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19. Learn more.
COVID-19 virus variants and vaccines
Scientists are studying different forms, or variants, of the virus that causes COVID-19 to see if the vaccines will work against them. Current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines authorized and recommended for use in the United States offer protection against most variants. For this reason, COVID-19 vaccines are an essential tool to protect people against COVID-19, including illness caused by the new variants. CDC will continue to monitor the impact these new variants may have on how well the vaccines work. Learn more.
COVID-19 vaccines are here
Vaccines are here now and everyone age 12 and older can get them. You have three ways to find vaccines near you:
- Go to vaccines.gov
- Text your ZIP code to 438829
- Call 1-800-232-0233
COVID-19 vaccines are free
The federal government is providing the vaccines free of charge to all people in the United States. Learn more.
Once you’re fully vaccinated
According to CDC, if you’re fully vaccinated (2 weeks after your final dose), you DON’T have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors in public (except in health care settings), and you DON’T have to keep your distance from other people.
Until you’re fully vaccinated, you should continue to:
- Wear a mask when inside public places.
- Keep at least 6 feet part from people who don’t live with you and who may not be vaccinated.
- Avoid crowds.
- Avoid poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated people must still follow federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial laws, rules, and regulations. That includes public transportation, airport/airplane, local business, and workplace guidance.
Also, if you have a medical condition or you take medicines that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected from COVID-19 even if you’re fully vaccinated. Talk to your health care provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking precautions.