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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Information Updated: April 19th, 2021

Starting April 19th, everyone 16 years of age and older nationwide is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.


Currently, most vaccination clinics are being held at large hospitals, clinics, or schools, pharmacy chain stores, and in-store pharmacies. if you are interested in getting vaccinated at their local pharmacy should check the pharmacy’s website to find out if the COVID-19 vaccine is available. You can also visit VaccineFinder or an external icon or check your state health department website.

Our Helpline team can assist you in booking vaccination appointments and may also be able to help you in getting free or discounted rides. Refer to the map below for more information specific to your state.

Federal Programs Provide Assistance During COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has provided a range of programs to support individuals, families, and communities. While some of these programs are long-standing, others were formed in direct response to the challenges created or exacerbated by the public health emergency. As we continue to move forward towards a “new normal,” the following resources remain available for those in need:

  • The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing discounts on service and devices.

  • The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program from the Department of the Treasury assists families that are unable to pay rent or utilities so they can remain in their homes during the pandemic.

  • The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provides federally funded assistance to cover home energy bills, energy crises, weatherization, and energy-related minor home repairs to eligible households.

  • The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) from ACF is a new emergency program that provides funds to low-income households for water and wastewater bills, helps avoid water shut offs, and supports water system reconnections caused by missed payments during the pandemic.

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides monthly benefits that help families purchase healthy food from authorized retail food stores.

Our Helpline is available in 8 different languages:

NAPCA Helpline counselors are available to help navigate the map and resources below in-language from 8:30am – 5pm PST Mondays through Fridays. Call for assistance using resources or learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine.



普通话 / Mandarin


日本語 / Japanese


Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese


廣東話 / Cantonese


한국어 / Korean


Tagalog / Filipino


Español / Spanish


Click on 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.


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. This publication was made possible by cooperative agreement CDC-RFA-IP21-2106 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC/HHS.
  • 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. 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.

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

English | Spanish | Chinese | Korean | Vietnamese

Get the latest guidance for fully vaccinated people.

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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