When Vaccine is Limited, Who Gets Vaccinated First?

Source: CDC

Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is expected to be limited at first, CDC recommends that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be allocated to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents. CDC made this recommendation on December 3, 2020, and based it on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent panel of medical and public health experts.

The recommendations were made with these goals in mind:

  • Decrease death and serious disease as much as possible.
  • Preserve functioning of society.
  • Reduce the extra burden COVID-19 is having on people already facing disparities.

Healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities should be offered the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Healthcare Personnel

Learn more about why it’s important that healthcare personnel get vaccinated and who is included.

Long-term Care Facility Residents

Learn more about why it’s important that residents of long-term care facilities get vaccinated and who is included.​

Other Considerations

As vaccine availability increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups

The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities of vaccine are available. As vaccine supply increases but remains limited, ACIP will expand the groups recommended for vaccination.

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