Moms, now that the new year is in full swing, does your to-do list feel as never-ending as ever? We don’t get a break after the busyness of the holiday season, do we? Our kids are diving into a new school semester, there’s winter and spring sports to register for, dentist and doctor appointments to make, and some of us are already looking ahead to Spring Break travel plans. Sometimes fitting in just one more thing feels exhausting and borderline impossible. But one thing that might make it to the top of your to-do list in 2022 is getting yourself and your kids a COVID-19 vaccine.
Now that you know the facts about COVID vaccines, you may have decided to get yourself and your kids vaccinated. But figuring out how and when to do that might feel overwhelming. Well, there’s good news! COVID vaccines are easily accessible in your community for everyone ages 5 and older. Finding a location to get a vaccine and making a plan to get it done will be the easiest thing you do today—promise!
City Mom Collective is once again proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to share with moms across the country where to find COVID vaccines for everyone in their families.
Where to Get a COVID Vaccine
COVID vaccines for kids ages 5+ are now available at more than 30,000 locations across the country, so there will be a location that is convenient for you. There are community health centers and rural health clinics across the country that will provide vaccines for kids, and children’s hospitals and health systems are partnering with local communities and faith-based organizations to create vaccination sites. Many of these sites are open during off hours and on the weekends to accommodate the schedules of working parents.
Talk to your health care provider or your child’s pediatrician about any other questions you may have about the COVID vaccines. Or, to find vaccines near you, visit vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829 (GETVAX), or call 1-800-232-0233.
COVID vaccines are completely free for everyone, regardless of your health and immigration status. You will not be charged now, or anytime in the future, for a vaccine.
Make it an Event
Now that you know where you can get you and your kids a COVID vaccine, make a plan to actually get it. Call (or go online) and schedule an appointment if your location requires it.
Make your vaccine appointment an event for your kids! Explain to them that getting a COVID vaccine is the best thing they can do to help stop the spread of the disease in your community as well as protect themselves. Tell them that getting vaccinated is something they get to do, rather than have to do. Let them know that this is also a great way for them to be able to participate in more events, sports activities, and get-togethers with friends.
After they get their vaccines, take selfies, go for ice cream, or plan a family movie night—anything to make the experience special and memorable. Celebrate science and that we now have a tool helping us get back to normal! Our kids have so many disappointing memories from the pandemic; let’s make getting COVID vaccines a happy, fun one!
Your family’s health and happiness is at the top of your priority list, and you always make room on your to-do list for them. The best thing you can do right now is make a plan to get everyone in the family vaccinated against COVID. Together, #WeCanDoThis!