Let’s learn about the life-saving COVID-19 vaccines, so that we have a shot at rebuilding our industries, communities, families and union. We can’t do it alone—we have to do it together, in solidarity.
- If you are 18+ (Pfizer or Moderna)
- If you are 12-17 (Pfizer only)
You can get a booster if you had a Johnson & Johnson shot at least 2 months ago. Pfizer or Moderna boosters are preferred.
Q: Can I choose which vaccine I get for my booster shot?
A: No matter which of the 3 vaccines you originally received, Pfizer or Moderna booster shots are recommended.
Q: Do the COVID-19 vaccines work against variants like Delta and Omicron?
A: COVID-19 vaccines protect against variants like Delta and Omicron. Fully vaccinated people have less risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19 compared with unvaccinated people. When fully vaccinated people get symptoms from COVID-19 (breakthrough infection), the symptoms are less severe than in unvaccinated people.
Q: Can kids get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Kids 5 years of age and older can get the Pfizer vaccine.
Q. What are the side effects of the vaccines?
A. On your arm where you got the shot, you may feel pain and/or swelling. Throughout the rest of your body, you may feel fevers, chills, tiredness or headaches.
Q. Do I have to pay for the vaccines?
A. All vaccines are free in the United States.
Q. If I’m fully vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask and socially distance?
A. After getting the vaccine, don’t stop protecting yourself, your coworkers and your family. Keep wearing a mask when around others at work and outside of work, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, avoid poorly ventilated spaces, and wash hands often.
For answers to more questions:
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID vaccination [updated Feb 3, 2022]
- CDC: FAQs about Vaccination in Children [updated Jan 11, 2022]
- CDC: Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines. [updated Dec 15, 2021]
- UNITE HERE COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet [updated January 20, 2022]