Who is getting vaccinated first?
Because supplies of COVID-19 vaccines are currently limited, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the vaccines be distributed in phases:
- Phase 1A:
- Healthcare personnel
- People living in long-term care facilities
- Phase 1B:
- Frontline essential workers such as police officers, firefighters, teachers, and grocery store and public transit employees
- People ages 75 and older
- Phase 1C:
- People ages 65-74
- People ages 16-64 who have medical conditions that increase their risk for serious complications from COVID-19
- Other essential workers
As vaccine supplies increase, the CDC will make additional recommendations beyond these groups.
It’s important to note that each state has set its own plan for prioritizing and distributing vaccines. Contact your state health department to find out how vaccines are being distributed in your state.
Other questions related to Coronavirus and COVID-19
- Can things go back to normal for me once I get the vaccine?
- How do people become infected with COVID-19?
- Do I have to pay for the vaccine?
- What about pregnant women? Should they get vaccinated?
- Who should be tested for COVID-19?
- Can people who are vaccinated still spread COVID-19 to others? For example, is there a chance they "carry" the infection but wouldn't know?
- How can I tell if I have COVID-19?
- How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?
- How many shots do I need to get in total?
- What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?