Administering Vaccine

Route: Intramuscular injection

Recommended site: Deltoid muscle in the upper arm

Identify the injection site using anatomical landmarks.

  • The injection site is approximately 2 inches below the acromion process and 2 inches above the axillary fold/armpit.

Administer the vaccine.

  • Insert the needle at a 90-degree angle into the middle and thickest part of the muscle and inject all the vaccine.
image showing injection site



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ACIP General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization

CDC Vaccine Administration: Intramuscular (IM) Injection Adults 19 years of age and older

CDC Vaccine Administration videos 


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Page last reviewed: August 23, 2021