Vaccinating essential workers, including the dairy workforce, is important because of their role in maintaining critical infrastructure operations and their increased risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Vaccination is one of many important tools to help stop the pandemic. See below for some frequently-asked-questions about the vaccine and its rollout, and visit CDC’s website for more information.
How do I get a vaccine?
The CDC has issued recommendations for who should get the vaccine first, but states have established their own criteria. Each state has divided their populations into groups or phases or tiers, and each is working through them at its own pace. Click on your state below for the latest information.
What can I do now to protect myself and my workforce from COVID-19?
• Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus
• Interim Guidance for Agriculture Workers and Employers
• Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan
• Dairy Farmer Handbook on Coronavirus Prevention and Management (English and Spanish)
• Recommended Protocols for Dairy Farms When an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
What should I know about getting vaccinated?
Before Your Appointment:
What to expect
After Your Vaccine:
How to schedule a second dose
Register for v-safe
Potential side effects
If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to be vaccinated?
Yes. According to the CDC, due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Are there any resources available to share with employees about the COVID-19 vaccine and its rollout?
The CDC has put together a COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers to help employers educate their essential workers about this important new prevention tool. The toolkit is intended to educate employees about COVID-19 vaccines, raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination, and address common questions and concerns. The toolkit contains a variety of resources that you can use, including:
• Key Messages
• FAQ’s for Employers
• Facts About COVID–19 Vaccines (English and Spanish)