COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from COVID-19, especially severe illness and death. They safely teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccines are safer than getting sick from infection. COVID-19 vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, and millions of people across the nation have received them. Everyone six months and older are eligible to receive the most up to date Fall 2023 vaccine.
Visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccine near you.
Variants and Vaccines
COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect against the worst outcomes of COVID-19 infection: severe symptoms, Long COVID, and death. They also provide protection against infection and re-infection from COVID-19 variants that are currently circulating. To maximize protection against the most recent variants, it is recommended to get the most up to date vaccine. In September 2023, the FDA and CDC approved and recommended the updated vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.
Visit cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19 for more information on COVID-19 vaccines.
How HIPHI is working to increase COVID-19 vaccine access?
Tapping into a vast network of connections and expertise, HIPHI works alongside partners to galvanize communities, mobilize resources, and activate community power to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are accessible by all. HIPHI continues to forge partnerships and facilitate workgroups to increase situational awareness across stakeholders, support the coordination of mobile vaccine providers, conduct outreach and canvassing, publish COVID-19 communications, and advocate for the allocation of vaccine resources to marginalized communities.
Bridge Access Program
Free COVID-19 vaccines and treatments are a vital resource to keep our underserved communities safe from COVID-19. The CDC’s Bridge Access Program will provide free COVID-19 vaccines and treatments for uninsured and underinsured adults. The vaccines will be available through local providers, health centers, and pharmacies. The program is a temporary solution to free and accessible vaccines until the President’s proposed Vaccines For Adults (VFA) program is enacted into law. The Bridge Access Program will take place from Fall 2023 to December 2024.
If you are insured or if your insurance doesn’t cover the COVID-19 vaccine, find a free vaccine at vaccines.gov