The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. This is why CDC recommends that adults 65 years and older receive COVID-19 vaccines. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step to help prevent getting sick from COVID-19.
You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting the vaccine when it is available.
After getting the vaccine, some people have side effects. Common side effects include:
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.
After you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you may be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.
You will not be charged for a COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:
COVID-19 vaccination providers can:
Scam Alert: If anyone asks you to pay for access to vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam. Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to the vaccine for an extra fee.
This page was published by cdc.gov on April 19th, 2021