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COVID-19 Vaccines for Long-term Care Residents

COVID-19 Vaccines for Long-term Care Residents
Updated May 3, 2023

What You Need to Know

If you live or work in a Long-term Care (LTC) setting, you can help protect yourself and the people around you by staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.

Long Term Care Facility Residents
  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective—especially against becoming seriously ill, being hospitalized and dying—and very important for older adults.
  • Older adults and people with certain health conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccines can help keep you from getting seriously ill if you do get COVID-19.

If your loved one is not able to ask questions or otherwise communicate with the LTC staff, here’s what to know about consent for getting a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Consent or assent for a COVID-19 vaccine is given by LTC residents (or people appointed to make medical decisions on their behalf called a medical proxy) and documented in their charts per the provider’s standard practice.
  • Residents who receive a COVID-19 vaccine (or their medical proxy) also receive a fact sheet before vaccination. The fact sheet explains the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Some COVID-19 vaccination providers may require written, email, or verbal consent from recipients before getting vaccinated. This is at the provider’s discretion; written consent is not required by federal law for COVID-19 vaccination in the United States (U.S.).
  • Residents (or their medical proxies) get a vaccination card or printout that tells them which COVID-19 vaccine they received and the date they received it. If their vaccine card is full, the vaccine provider can give them another card. This should also be recorded in their medical chart.
Safe, Easy, Free, and Nearby COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge to all people living in the U.S., regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Free

How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Mobile Information

Take these steps to get a COVID-19 vaccine for you or your family member:

  • Talk with the LTC staff about getting vaccinated on site.
  • Ask a family member or friend to help you schedule a vaccination appointment if you can’t get vaccinated on site. Visit to find providers near you.
  • If you have additional questions about how to get a COVID-19 vaccine, talk with your healthcare provider.

To find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you: Search, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.