Social Workers and the Covid-19 Vaccine

Many social workers have begun receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine distribution is being managed in phases and groups on a state level. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) anticipates social workers fall in every phase depending on population served, level of direct client interaction, work setting, age and health status.

Preparing injection with covid-19 vaccineHow quickly social workers are inoculated and move through each phase will depend on the available vaccine supply and individual state mandates. Currently, supplies are very limited. The federal government notifies states weekly of how much vaccine they will receive.

Where will I be able to get vaccinated?

Currently, vaccines are being sent to providers nationwide based on their ability to reach prioritized populations. Health care workers at highest risk for COVID-19 exposure and long-term care staff and residents are being vaccinated in hospitals, local health departments, or at their long-term care facilities. As vaccines become more widely available, vaccinations will be offered to everyone who wants one in clinics and pharmacies, as well as vaccination events in communities.

NASW urges social workers to check with their individual health care providers and state health departments. Meanwhile, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has advised that NASW chapters reach out to the vaccine coordinating committee in their state with any requests around prioritizing the social work workforce, since the states are in charge of vaccine deployment for their populations.

NASW is developing a resource for the COVID section of the National website on the vaccine (such as reopening implications for private practices, etc.). An update will be forthcoming.

CMS to Hosts Fireside Chat on Covid-19 Vaccine

On Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. ET, CMS will hold COVID-19 Vaccine Safety: A Fireside Chat with CMS, CDC, and front line staff and providers

Register in advance for this webinar (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar):

Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a fireside chat on vaccine safety. This is the third discussion in a special series, a part of the CMS National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call Series, aimed at addressing staff questions and concerns about the new COVID-19 vaccines. Each session will be moderated by CMS with speakers from CDC and representatives of front line staff and providers.

This chat will continue to address myths surrounding vaccine danger with the following panelist:

  • Dr. Lee Fleisher, CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director, Center for Clinical Standards  and Quality (CMS)
  • Dr. Amanda Cohn, Chief Medical Officer (Acting), Office of Vaccine Policy, Preparedness, and Global Health, Office of the Director (CDC)
  • Roberta Jaramillo, Environmental Services District Manager, HealthCare Services Group


  1. I am a social worker at a mental health clinic in Dallas. Where can I get my staff vaccinated? We are having a difficult time finding information. We treat substance use disorders, mental health, and a large portion of our clients are in a residential facility. Any information is greatly appreciated!

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