COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Information Updated: January 2021.

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine changes quickly, and information differs from state to state. Each state has set priorities about groups that will get the vaccine first, based on recommendations from the federal government and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Currently, most states are planning vaccine distributions to groups in this general order:

  1. Health care workers (doctors, nurses, etc) and people living in nursing homes/assisted living facilities 
  2. First responders and other frontline workers (police, firefighters, teachers, etc), people living in congregant settings (homeless shelters, prisons, etc), and people aged 65+ or 75+, depending on the state
  3. Adults ages 50-65, younger people at high risk, and essential workers (grocery store and postal service employees, etc)
  4. Healthy adults and children over the age of 16

Currently, most vaccination clinics are being held at large hospitals, clinics, or schools. Eventually, the vaccine will likely be available to the public at most pharmacy chain stores and in-store pharmacies.

Since states have differing priorities and vaccine stocks, experts suggest regularly checking state public health department websites for updated information. Some states offer vaccine safety information, details about who qualifies for vaccines now, where to get them, and ways to sign up for COVID-19 and vaccine alerts. Refer to the map below for more information specific to your state.

Our Helpline is available in 8 different languages:

NAPCA Helpline counselors can help navigate the map and resources below in-language. Call Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8:30 – 1 pm PST for assistance using resources or learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

English

1-800-336-2722

日本語 / Japanese

1-800-398-1117

廣東話 / Cantonese

1-800- 582-4218

Tagalog / Filipino

1-800-593-8087

普通话 / Mandarin

1-800-683-7427

Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese

1-800-582-4336

한국어 / Korean

1-800-582-4259

Español / Spanish

1-800-948-3844

Click on the in your State to see important vaccine information.

Many states only offer vaccine information in English or Spanish. If you need help navigating websites or learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine, call the NAPCA Helpline to speak to a counselor in-language.

Alabama

Vaccine information page
Hotline: 1-855-566-5333

Alaska

Vaccine locator
Hotline: 1-907-646-3322

Arizona

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator
Hotline: 602-542-1000

Colorado

Vaccine information page
Vaccine locator
Hotline: 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911

Connecticut

Vaccine information page
Hotline: 877-918-2224

Florida

Vaccine information page
Vaccine locator

Hotline: (866) 201-6313

Hawaii

Vaccine information page
How to register
Hotline: (800) 300-1120

Idaho

Vaccine information page
Hotline: There are different hotlines depending on what part of the state you live in.

Illinois

Vaccine information page
Chicago COVID Coach tool (to monitor symptoms, track COVID outbreaks and eventually register for the vaccine)

Indiana

Vaccine information page
Vaccine locator
Hotline: 211 within the state

Iowa

Vaccine information page
Hotline: 211 within the state

Minnesota

Vaccine information page
Hotline: 883-431-2053

Mississippi

Vaccine information page
Vaccine locator
Hotline: 877-978-6453

Nebraska

Vaccine information page
Hotline: 833 998-2275

New Mexico

Vaccine information page
Register for vaccine appointment
Hotline: 1-855-600-3453

New York

Vaccine information page
New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline: 1-833-697-4829 (to help New Yorkers determine if they are eligible and to schedule vaccination appointments)
NYC Vaccine Finder
New York State Vaccine Finder
Hotline: 1-833-687-4829

North Carolina

Vaccine information page
Vaccine locator
Hotline: 1-877-490-6642

Oklahoma

Vaccine information page
Vaccine locator
Hotline: 405-425-4489

Pennsylvania

Vaccine information page
Vaccine eligibility
Hotline: 1-877-724-3258

South Carolina

Vaccine information page
Hotline: 1-855-472-3432

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Vermont

Vaccine information page
Hotline: 855-722-7878

Virginia

Vaccine information page
Eligibility tool
Hotline: 877-275-8343

Washington State

Vaccine information page
Phase Finder tool for determining COVID-19 vaccine eligibility
COVID-19 Vaccine Phases
Hotline: 855-363-0333

West Virginia

Vaccine information page
Hotline: 1-833-734-0965

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work? Are there different kinds?

There are two main types of COVID-19 vaccines being administered right now: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Both require two vaccines, spaced approximately 3-4 weeks apart to reach 94-95% effectiveness. Read the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) description of how vaccines work and a more detailed break down of the different types, or refer to the in-language fact sheets about both vaccines in the Resource bar to the right.

CDC information available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

When can I expect to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Every state has their own schedule for vaccinating, based on population and vaccine supply, so it’s hard to determine when everyone will be vaccinated. Find your state on the map above to visit your local public health website for more information and to determine which phase you belong to.

If I’m eligible, how do I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine?

First, keep in mind that many clinics and hospitals offering vaccines across the country are completely booked. You may need to keep calling your local county or city’s COVID-19 vaccine line, or keep checking the appropriate website for openings. At any given time, millions of people are eligible to receive the vaccine, so it might take some time to secure an appointment. But don’t give up!

Find your state above to determine if they have a number to call, or a website to use to schedule an appointment.  You can also call the NAPCA Helpline for assistance finding a vaccine clinic near you or identifying any appointment openings.

English: 1-800-336-2722

普通话 Mandarin: 1-800-683-7427

Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese: 1-800-582-4336

廣東話 / Cantonese: 1-800- 582-4218

한국어 Korean: 1-800-582-4259

What can I expect if I get a vaccine?

Read the CDC’s summary of the pre-, during, and post-vaccine process so you know what to expect. 

Information available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Overall, both COVID-19 vaccines being administered are very safe. Both have undergone rigorous testing and both have been approved by the FDA. In addition, monitoring of vaccine recipients is continuous after the vaccine has been administered.  Read more about continual vaccine safety and the approval process on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website

Information available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

Are there side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine?

Many people experience mild symptoms after they receive the vaccine. Pain or swelling in the arm is very common, as is a mild fever or chills, all of which should disappear within a day or two. The CDC has listed common side effects to both doses, and how to treat symptoms. 

Information available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

Will I have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is covered at no cost to most people enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, as well as private insurance plans. If you are uninsured, you should still be able to get a vaccine at no cost at all locations. However, make sure to ask about cost before you receive the vaccine so you don’t receive a surprise bill later.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site is available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Other materials in 50+ languages are available here.

Other Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 site is available in:

English | Spanish | Chinese | Korean | Vietnamese


COVID-19 FAQs answered by the CDC
(Information available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean)

Other COVID-19 related resources are available in these languages (scroll down on the page):

Tagalog  | Burmese | Khmer | Japanese | Tongan | Samoan

Find other materials in 50+ languages


State, Territorial, Local and Tribal Health Department Search:
Search all resources created by health departments in every state, territory, and tribe


Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

English | Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese | Tagalog


Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

English | Chinese, Simplified  | Chinese, Traditional   | Khmer | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese 


Download V-Safe on smart phones, the After Vaccination Health Checker App to track symptoms after you’ve received your vaccine

Somang Society’s video on the COVID-19 vaccine:
의과학자가 알려주는 코로나 백신(1) – with 신혜원 박사

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