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It's time to get Vax to School

NEA encourages widespread use of safe and effective vaccines for educators and students. We've collected the following information and resources to help educators and parents make an informed decision about how best to protect our students.

Why are we encouraging parents to vaccinate children 5 and older prior to returning to school this fall? It's simple:

  • It's safe and effective. The three vaccines currently being administered in the U.S. have passed the Food and Drug Administration's rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. To date, millions of people have been safely and effectively vaccinated against COVID.
  • Vaccines are widely available. To find a vaccination site near you, text your zip code to 438829, call 1-800-232-0233, or check out this interactive map.
  • It's free. Like most childhood vaccines, the COVID vaccine is free—either through insurance coverage or a federal program administered by a local government or community clinic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a portal for locating a free vaccination site near you.
  • It's convenient. Most students will be able get their first COVID dose at the same time as their other back-to-school vaccinations.

In short, getting all kids vaccinated is the best way to ensure that schools are able to open safely—and stay open!

Latest Resources

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The White House

The White House Operational Strategy for vaccination of children 5 to 11 years old.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A vaccination toolkit for school communities from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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CDC

CDC’s information on how schools can support COVID-19 vaccination.
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American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics website on COVID-19 vaccines for children and their vaccine campaign toolkit, which includes detail including sample social media posts.
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Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Public Health Communications Collaborative material on vaccines for children.

National Association of School Nurses and Association of Immunization Managers

Documents from the National Association of School Nurses and Association of Immunization Managers that provide information on effective school-located vaccination clinics and insights from school nurses and others on school-located vaccination clinics.

How do I get a vaccine?

Educators and school personnel in K-12 schools now have priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia through the federal retail pharmacy program. Find COVID-19 vaccines near you ›
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Vaccine Resources

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Are Vaccines Safe?

Millions of people age 5 and above have safely received vaccines. Learn more about the rigorous testing vaccines undergo in order to be approved for use.
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How Effective Are the Vaccines?

Every day, as more vaccines are administered, there's mounting evidence that the vaccines protect people against COVID-19, including severe illness.
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How Do the Vaccines Work?

Learn how each vaccine works with your own immune system to protect you from contracting COVID-19.
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Which Vaccine is Right for Me?

Learn more about the three main COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S.
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What to Know Before You Go

Getting ready for the big day? Find out what to expect, what to bring, and more.
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Other Recommended Vaccines

Your COVID inoculation appointment can be a great time to catch up on other recommended vaccinations!
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Join the Community of Educators Navigating COVID-19 Together

Join our Facebook group to connect with NEA members in your states and locals to seek and share important information about how COVID-19 is affecting your communities and what’s being done to support your students and one another.
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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.