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Where to get a COVID-19

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YOUR WORK IS ESSENTIAL.

Headline: So is your vaccine

HERE’S HOW TO GET YOURS.

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Vaccines are the quickest way to reach the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination is another layer of protection, along with masks and social distancing. 

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If you work directly with children or work as program staff at Southwest Key Programs, you most likely qualify for vaccination in your state.

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The White House has worked with the CDC and state public health departments to prioritize teachers and childcare workers, including Unaccompanied Minor childcare workers.

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Vaccine eligibility and availability vary by state, but anyone can use VaccineFinder to check local pharmacies and retailers for vaccination appointments.

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Make sure you double-check your eligibility when signing up for an appointment!

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Once you’re vaccinated, hold onto your vaccination record and keep it in a safe place.

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Continue to wear masks in public spaces that require them, even when you’re partially or fully vaccinated.

Adults 18 and older in all states are now eligible for vaccination.

The process of getting an appointment for your COVID19 vaccine varies heavily by state. We’ve listed some important information below for states where we have large numbers of staff.  

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TEXAS

Vaccine Hotlines vary by county and provider.

Texas uses a “vaccination hub” structure, organized by county. Check the list of vaccine hubs for providers in your county and book an appointment on the vaccine hub’s website.  

There also is a local community vaccine provider map that lists community providers like pharmacies and medical offices. Eligible residents need to contact them directly. 

Pre-registration for vaccine appointments varies by county.  

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ARIZONA

Check Your Eligibility 

COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-542-8201 

Arizona’s vaccine eligibility requirements vary by county and each vaccination site. Arizona Public Health has announced that all Arizonans age 16 and older are eligible for vaccines at state-run vaccination sites. All counties are now currently vaccinating individuals 16 and older as well.

Some sites may only serve limited groups of patients, including: 

  • All teachers and childcare workers, including Unaccompanied Minor childcare workers
  • People age 65 and older
  • Other frontline workers

 You can check your eligibility online and book an appointment online if you’re already eligible. 

Arizona Public Health recommends checking the site regularly for news on eligibility and new appointment times. 

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CALIFORNIA

COVID-19 Hotline: 833-422-4255 

California has announced that it will expand eligibility to individuals age 50 and older on April 1, then expand to all individuals age 16 and older on April 15.

California’s Department of Public Health has set up a website where you can determine whether you meet eligibility requirements

If you do, you will be redirected to individual vaccine provider sites to set up an appointment. 

If you don’t, you will be able to register for notifications when you do qualify. 

California’s prioritization is focused on equity and vaccinating the most vulnerable populations. 

Most eligible residents can receive a vaccine at community sites, doctor’s offices, clinics and pharmacies. 

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FLORIDA

Check Your Eligbility 

COVID-19 Hotline: 866-201-6313 

Florida’s governor has announced that starting on Monday, March 29, residents age 40 and older will be eligible for vaccination. On April 5, all residents age 18 and older will be eligible for vaccination. 

The state offers a list of county health departments and hospital providers

Eligible Florida residents can preregister for vaccines at MyVaccine.fl.gov

Despite guidance from the CDC and the White House, Florida’s vaccine eligibility website does not list childcare workers as eligible for vaccination. Make sure to confirm your eligibility when registering or booking an appointment for vaccination. 

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GEORGIA

COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-357-0169 (only for questions, not appointments) 

Vaccine Scheduling Hotline: 1-888-457-0186

Georgia has partnered with several retail pharmacies to offer several options in booking vaccination appointments. Visit their hub page to register with the health department or a retail pharmacy

Georgians can also pre-register for vaccination at a mass vaccination site

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NEW YORK

COVID-19 Hotline: 833-697-4829 

New York is currently vaccinating all New Yorkers who reside, study, or work in New York State ages 16 or older.

For more details, check New York Public Health’s website

You can determine if you’re eligible by using the state’s “Am I Eligible” app, which will also allow eligible residents to schedule an appointment. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). 

Once you have a confirmed appointment, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form should be filled out online and you will receive a submission ID indicating completion. You will need to bring the submission ID to your appointment. If you cannot submit the form online, it will be available at the vaccination sites. 

Check New York Public Health’s website for acceptable forms of proof of eligibility. 

Our Response to COVID-19

A NEW NORMAL

Fully vaccinated people can resume pre-pandemic activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

For more information, visit the CDC’s website.

WATCH OUT FOR VACCINE SCAMS

Reports have circulated that scammers are creating fraudulent surveys about COVID-19 vaccines which promise cash or prizes but are actually designed to steal money and personal information from victims.

Unless from a known, verified source, you should never click on links in text messages or emails claiming to be a vaccine survey.

For more information, visit the Department of Justice’s website.