COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Updated: October 22, 2021

COVID-19 booster shots:  now available in Santa Clara County for those who received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago and are eligible according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. People who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago and are 18 years of age or older are recommended to receive a booster shot.

Additional Doses for immunocompromised patients after two doses of Pfizer or Moderna:  3rd doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for patients who are at least 28 days from their last dose and who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. At this time, additional doses after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have not been authorized. If you are not sure whether you qualify for a 3rd dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, please consult with your physician.

All individuals age 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 can be vaccinated once they have recovered and at least 10 days have passed since their diagnosis. This applies to any COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters.

Individuals who have other moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever should generally wait until recovery from acute symptoms.

New appointments are regularly added by the County of Santa Clara Health System and other providers. Please check this website for updates. Many providers also provide drop-in opportunities for vaccination. See below for more information.

The first COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for use in the United States. Hundreds of millions of people have now received these safe and effective vaccines. The Public Health Department strongly recommends that anyone aged 12 and above get vaccinated now.

COVID-19 booster shots: now available in Santa Clara County for those who received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago and are eligible according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. People who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago and are 18 years of age or older are recommended to receive a booster shot.

Booster shots offer additional security for those who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 due to age or pre-existing conditions. People 65 years and older, residents of long-term care facilities and those over 50 with an underlying medical condition are strongly encouraged to get a booster shot.

Per CDC guidelines, those age 18-49 with an underlying medical condition -- as well as those at risk of COVID-19 exposure because of occupational or institutional setting -- are also eligible and may want to consider a booster.

If you are 18-64 years old, and received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago, ask yourself:

  • Do you have an underlying condition that puts you at serious risk of COVID-19 complications?
  • Do you work in a setting such as health care that puts you at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19?
  • Do you live in a congregate setting that puts you at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19?
  • Do you live with someone who is at high risk for serious COVID-19 disease?

 

Additional Doses for immunocompromised patients after two doses of Pfizer or Moderna: 3rd doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for patients who are at least 28 days from their last dose and who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. At this time, additional doses after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have not been authorized. If you are not sure whether you qualify for a 3rd dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, please consult with your physician.

Those who qualify for an additional dose is someone who is moderately or severely immunocompromised as defined by the CDC:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

An additional dose should match the original vaccine series that you received (for example, if you have completed the Pfizer vaccine series, you will receive an additional dose of Pfizer if you are moderately or severely immunocompromised). To ensure that you receive the correct 3rd dose, please bring a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine record.

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Drop-In Vaccination Clinics (No Appointments Required)

Providers throughout the county have drop-in vaccination sites available. Sites offer accessible services for people with disabilities and those with other access or functional needs. When you arrive, if you need accommodation, alert the staff on site.

3rd doses are available for immunocompromised patients after two doses of Pfizer or Moderna.

Boosters shots are available to those who received their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago and meet CDC and FDA eligibility criteria. People who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago and are 18 years of age or older are recommended to receive a booster shot.

No appointments are needed for the following sites:

Saturday
October 23
Sunday
October 24
Monday
October 25
Tuesday
October 26

SAN JOSE:

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
Entrance for individuals with disabilities:
344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111

8:30am-3:45pm

Story Rd Hub
1775 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122
9:00am-4:00pm

Sun Pharmacy
2559 South King Road, San Jose, CA 95122
9:00am-1:00pm

Tully Medical Clinic Pharmacy
1693 Flanigan Dr., Suite 104
San Jose, CA 95121
9:00am-1:00pm

Grace Baptist Church
484 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112
12:00pm-7:00pm

 

LIVERMORE:

San Antonio Valley
47365 San Antonio Valley Rd, Livermore, CA 94550
12:00pm-4:00pm

 

MORGAN HILL:

DePaul Health Center
18550 DePaul Drive, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(Enter on DePaul Drive, near conference center/old hospital building)
8:00am-5:00pm

 

SAN MARTIN:

San Martin Vaccination Center
90 Highland Ave
San Martin, CA 95046
8:30am-3:45pm

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW:

Mountain View Community Center
201 S Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040
8:30am-3:45pm

 

SUNNYVALE:

El Dorado Mobile Home Park
600 E Weddell Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
10:00am-4:00pm

 

SAN JOSE:

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
Entrance for individuals with disabilities:
344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111

8:30am-3:45pm

Story Rd Hub
1775 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122
9:00am-4:00pm

Horace Cureton Elementary School
3720 East Hills Dr, San Jose 95127
12:00pm-5:00pm

 

MORGAN HILL:

DePaul Health Center
18550 DePaul Drive, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(Enter on DePaul Drive, near conference center/old hospital building)
8:00am-5:00pm

SAN JOSE:

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
Entrance for individuals with disabilities:
344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111

8:30am-3:45pm

Valley Specialty Center
751 S. Bascom Ave., Building Q, San Jose, CA 95128
9:30am-5:00pm

North East Medical Services
1870 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131
2:30pm-4:00pm

Sun Pharmacy
2559 South King Road, San Jose, CA 95122
9:00am-4:00pm

Advance SJ Pharmacy
2331 Montpelier Drive, Suite A-10, San Jose, CA 95116
9:00am-5:30pm

Medical Offices of Dan Hopner, MD, Rom Romero, PA
2060 Aborn Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95121
10:00am-2:00pm

Los Alamitos Pharmacy
1150 N. Jackson Ave, Suite 3, San Jose, CA 95116
9:15 am-5:30pm

Escuela Popular Binational Health Fair
149 N White Rd, San Jose, CA 95127
10:00am-6:00pm

Bascom Community Center
1000 S Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128
10:00am-7:00pm

Tully Medical Clinic Pharmacy
1693 Flanigan Dr, Suite 104, San Jose, CA 95121
9:00am-6:00pm

 

MORGAN HILL:

DePaul Health Center
18550 DePaul Drive, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(Enter on DePaul Drive, near conference center/old hospital building)
9:00am-6:00pm

SAN JOSE:

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
Entrance for individuals with disabilities:
344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111

1:00pm-8:00pm

Valley Specialty Center
751 S. Bascom Ave., Building Q, San Jose, CA 95128
9:30am-5:00pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church
467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
9:00am-6:00pm

Sun Pharmacy
2559 South King Road, San Jose, CA 95122
9:00am-4:00pm

Advance SJ Pharmacy
2331 Montpelier Drive, Suite A-10, San Jose, CA 95116
9:00am-5:30pm

Medical Offices of Dan Hopner, MD, Rom Romero, PA
2060 Aborn Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95121
10:00am-2:00pm

Los Alamitos Pharmacy
1150 N. Jackson Ave, Suite 3, San Jose, CA 95116
9:15 am-5:30pm

Bay Area Community Health
1066 South White Rd, San Jose, CA 95127
2:00pm-4:00pm

Oak Grove High School (Pending)
285 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose, CA 95123
4:00pm-7:00pm

Emma Prusch Park - Multicultural Center
647 S King Rd
San Jose, CA 95116
12:00pm-7:00pm

Tully Medical Clinic Pharmacy
1693 Flanigan Dr, Suite 104, San Jose, CA 95121
9:00am-6:00pm

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW:

Mountain View Community Center
201 S Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040
11:00am-6:00pm

 

Wednesday
October 27
Thursday
October 28
Friday
October 29
Saturday
October 30

SAN JOSE:

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
Entrance for individuals with disabilities:
344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111

1:00pm-8:00pm

Valley Specialty Center
751 S. Bascom Ave., Building Q, San Jose, CA 95128
9:30am-5:00pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church
467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
9:00am-6:00pm

North East Medical Services
1870 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131
2:30pm-4:00pm

Sun Pharmacy
2559 South King Road, San Jose, CA 95122
9:00am-4:00pm

Advance SJ Pharmacy
2331 Montpelier Drive, Suite A-10, San Jose, CA 95116
9:00am-5:30pm

Medical Offices of Dan Hopner, MD, Rom Romero, PA
2060 Aborn Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95121
10am-2pm

Los Alamitos Pharmacy
1150 N. Jackson Ave, Suite 3, San Jose, CA 95116
9:15 am-5:30pm

Mt. Pleasant High School
1750 South White Rd, San Jose, CA 95127
2:00pm-7:30pm

Emma Prusch Park - Multicultural Center
647 S King Rd
San Jose, CA 95116
12:00pm-7:00pm
*grocery gift cards available (not available for boosters)

Tully Medical Clinic Pharmacy
1693 Flanigan Dr, Suite 104, San Jose, CA 95121
9:00am-6:00pm

 

MORGAN HILL:

DePaul Health Center
18550 DePaul Drive, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(Enter on DePaul Drive, near conference center/old hospital building)
9:00am-6:00pm

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW:

Mountain View Community Center
201 S Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040
11:00am-6:00pm

 

SAN JOSE:

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
Entrance for individuals with disabilities:
344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111

9:00am-6:00pm

Valley Specialty Center
751 S. Bascom Ave., Building Q, San Jose, CA 95128
9:30am-5:00pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church
467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
9:00am-6:00pm

Sun Pharmacy
2559 South King Road, San Jose, CA 95122
9:00am-4:00pm

Advance SJ Pharmacy
2331 Montpelier Drive, Suite A-10, San Jose, CA 95116
9:00am-5:30pm

Medical Offices of Dan Hopner, MD, Rom Romero, PA
2060 Aborn Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95121
10:00am-2:00pm

Los Alamitos Pharmacy
1150 N. Jackson Ave, Suite 3, San Jose, CA 95116
9:15 am-5:30pm

Ace Charter School
1776 Education Park Dr, San Jose, CA 95133
5:00pm-7:30pm

Alpha: Cindy Avitia High School
1881 Cunningham Ave, San Jose 95122
1:00pm-6:00pm

Emma Prusch Park - Multicultural Center
647 S King Rd
San Jose, CA 95116
12:00pm-7:00pm
*grocery gift cards available (not available for boosters)

Tully Medical Clinic Pharmacy
1693 Flanigan Dr, Suite 104, San Jose, CA 95121
9:00am-6:00pm

 

MORGAN HILL:

DePaul Health Center
18550 DePaul Drive, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(Enter on DePaul Drive, near conference center/old hospital building)
9:00am-6:00pm

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW:

Mountain View Community Center
201 S Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040
11:00am-6:00pm


SANTA CLARA:

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real Santa Clara CA 95053
10:00am-5:00pm

SAN JOSE:

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
Entrance for individuals with disabilities:
344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111

9:00am-6:00pm

Valley Specialty Center
751 S. Bascom Ave., Building Q, San Jose, CA 95128
9:30am-5:00pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church
467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
9:00am-6:00pm

Story Rd Hub
1775 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122
3:00pm-7:30pm

North East Medical Services
1870 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131
2:30pm-4:00pm

Sun Pharmacy
2559 South King Road, San Jose, CA 95122
9:00am-4:00pm

Advance SJ Pharmacy
2331 Montpelier Drive, Suite A-10, San Jose, CA 95116
9:00am-5:30pm

Medical Offices of Dan Hopner, MD, Rom Romero, PA
2060 Aborn Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95121
10:00am-2:00pm

Los Alamitos Pharmacy
1150 N. Jackson Ave, Suite 3, San Jose, CA 95116
9:15 am-5:30pm

Pioneer High School
1290 Blossom HIll Rd, San Jose 95118
3:30pm-7:30pm

Tully Medical Clinic Pharmacy
1693 Flanigan Dr, Suite 104, San Jose, CA 95121
9:00am-6:00pm

 

GILROY:

Gilroy High School
750 West Tenth St, Gilroy, CA 95020
3:00pm-7:30pm

 

MORGAN HILL:

DePaul Health Center
18550 DePaul Drive, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(Enter on DePaul Drive, near conference center/old hospital building)
9:00am-6:00pm

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW:

Mountain View Community Center
201 S Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040
11:00am-6:00pm

 

SAN JOSE:

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
Entrance for individuals with disabilities:
344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111

8:30am-3:45pm

Story Rd Hub
1775 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122
9:00am-4:00pm

Sun Pharmacy
2559 South King Road, San Jose, CA 95122
9:00am-1:00pm

Evergreen Library
2635 Aborn Rd. San Jose, CA 95121
10:00am-5:30pm

James Lick High School
57 North White Rd, San Jose 95127
1:00pm-7:00pm

 

MORGAN HILL:

DePaul Health Center
18550 DePaul Drive, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(Enter on DePaul Drive, near conference center/old hospital building)
8:00am-5:00pm

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW:

Mountain View Community Center
201 S Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040
8:30am-3:45pm

Book a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

Individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated are encouraged, but not required, to contact their healthcare system to make an appointment. Under the County’s “no wrong door” policy, all providers below (with the exception of the VA) are able to vaccinate eligible patients regardless of your healthcare provider or insurance. See below for scheduling options by provider. Check back regularly, new appointments are being added daily.
 

Book a COVID-19 Booster

Sites offer accessible services for people with disabilities and those with other access or functional needs. When you arrive, if you need an accommodation, alert the staff on site. The Guide for Disability and Functional Needs Access at Santa Clara County Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Sites has information about how to access clinics, as well as types of services offered.

1 County-operated sites are available in Mountain View, San Jose, Morgan Hill, San Martin, and all Valley Health Center clinics.
2 Clinic is for children 12 to 17 years of age.


Free Transportation to Vaccination Locations

The County and VTA have launched a free, door-to-door service to transport patients to their vaccine appointments.  Accessible VTA paratransit vehicles will pick patients up, take them to their appointment, wait for them, and then provide the return trip. Anyone for whom transportation is a barrier to getting vaccinated can utilize this service, 7 days per week. Call the COVID-19 Assistance Navigation (CAN-19) resource hotline at 408-809-2124 at least 48 hours prior to your vaccine appointment to request this no cost service. VTA can provide up to 50 rides per day.

Learn more about bus routes and Access Paratransit provided by VTA.


Learn More About the Vaccines

Fact Sheets issued by the U.S. federal government are available.

Fact Sheets issued by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

More information about Fact Sheets.


Frequently Asked Questions

      All individuals age 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.

      There are several options for you to get a record of your COVID vaccination:

      1. Individuals may request a vaccine verification from the state:
        1. Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ (provides immediate results)
        2. California Immunization Registry: https://cairforms.cairweb.org/AuthorizationToRelease/AuthorizationToRelease (provides reports in 2-3 weeks)

      OR

       

      1. Access your vaccine record through a healthcare system in the county:
        1. If you were vaccinated at a mass vaccination site or mobile vaccination site run by the County of Santa Clara, please visit the Exposition Hall at the County Fairgrounds at 2542 Monterey Rd, San Jose, CA 95111 Entrance Gate D to request a replacement card.
        2. If you were vaccinated by any other provider, please contact the healthcare provider that administered the vaccine.
        3. You may also contact your regular primary healthcare provider for your vaccine record.

       

      OR

       

      1. Beginning July 12, individuals will have the option to request their COVID-19 vaccine record in-person at the Public Health Department Travel/Immunization Clinic located at 976 Lenzen Ave. Suite #1100 San Jose, CA 95126, phone number: 408-792-5200.

      Under the County’s ‘no wrong door’ policy, all providers (with the exception of the VA) will vaccinate eligible patients regardless of your healthcare provider or insurance. See above for the latest options on how to book an appointment or find a drop-in site for your vaccination.​​​​​

      Depending on where you receive the vaccine, you may or may not be given a choice of options. The County Health System offers either Pfizer or Moderna (2-dose mRNA vaccines) at all of its vaccination clinics. In addition, the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available upon request.

      Yes, all of the County Health System vaccination sites are ADA compliant.​

      Each vaccination clinic has a special workflow to ensure individuals with disabilities can safely and comfortably access the site. Each site has designated parking for anyone with mobility challenges. Wheelchairs are available as needed onsite to provide access to registration, vaccination, and observation areas to minimize distances to walk between stations.​

      COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost, but they are only available to eligible individuals.​​​

      If there are appointments available, eligible individuals who received their first vaccination dose in another county, may register to receive their second dose in Santa Clara County. You can schedule your appointment online at vax.sccgov.org or call (408) 970-2000. In addition, drop-in vaccination sites will accept drop-ins for second dose appointments. How do I cancel an appointment with the County Health System?

      Right now, the way to cancel an appointment is the call Valley Connections at 408-970-2000.  We are working on additional methods to cancel appointments and expect to have more options soon.

        All authorized COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials with tens of thousands of volunteers of different ages, races, and ethnicities to ensure their safety and effectiveness. The FDA, CDC, and ACIP have all evaluated the trial information and determined the vaccines to be safe, effective, and of high quality. These groups are continuing to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines to make sure even very rare side effects are identified and appropriate precautions are taken.​

        The vaccines were developed rapidly because:

        1. manufacturing started while the clinical trials were still underway (normally manufacturing doesn’t begin until after completion of the trials);
        2. mRNA vaccines are faster to produce than other kinds of vaccines,
        3. FDA and CDC were and are prioritizing the review process for COVID-19 vaccines; and
        4. researchers used existing clinical trial networks to quickly begin conducting the COVID vaccine trials.

        Patients with underlying medical conditions can receive the vaccine. In fact, it is important that this group be vaccinated because they are at increased risk of having severe COVID-19 illness. Immunocompromised individuals (for example, persons living with HIV, transplant recipients, and those taking immunosuppressive medications) may receive the COVID-19 vaccines. However, because sufficient data is not yet available to establish vaccine efficacy in this population, immunocompromised individuals should be counseled by their healthcare provider on the potential for reduced immune response to the vaccine and the need to continue to follow all current guidance to protect themselves against COVID-19 even after getting vaccinated.​​​

        Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are safe for you and your baby.

        • The vaccines protect expectant mothers. Individuals who get COVID-19 while pregnant are at increased risk of severe illness. The vaccine will keep you safer.
        • If you are trying to get pregnant, the vaccine is also recommended for you. There is no evidence it affects fertility.
        • COVID-19 vaccine is safe for the developing baby. Research suggests that getting vaccinated both protects mothers and also passes on antibodies to babies that better protect them.
        • Vaccination helps avoid pregnancy complications. People who get COVID-19 are at increased risk of pre-term birth.

        Talk to your doctor for more information about vaccines and pregnancy.

        Almost everyone should get vaccinated against COVID-19.

        Individuals with a history of allergic reactions that are not related to vaccines or injectable therapies may receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For example, people who are allergic to food, pets, venom, pollen, latex, or oral medications should get vaccinated against COVID-19.

        A very few people may be allergic to a component of one of the vaccines. Those individuals are usually recommended to receive a different type of COVID-19 vaccine. For example, people who cannot receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines may be recommended to receive the J&J vaccine. If you know you are allergic to an ingredient in some of the vaccines, talk to a special kind of doctor called an allergist-immunologist before receiving the vaccine.

        If you had a severe reaction to a different vaccine (not COVID-19) or injectable medication in the past, also talk to your doctor before getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

        Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 can be vaccinated once they have recovered and at least 10 days have passed since their diagnosis.  This applies to any COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters.

        Individuals who received passive antibody (monoclonal antibodies or convalescent serum) as treatment for COVID-19 should defer vaccination for at least 90 days after antibody therapy.

        In April 2021, the federal government and vaccine manufacturer investigated rare health incidents in a very small number of people out of the nearly 7 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered nationwide. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) and the Western States Scientific Safety Review (WSSSR) found that the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine is safe and that health providers should resume its administration to prevent community spread and severe illness and death from COVID-19. These groups also recommended that the vaccine include a warning label so that members of the public can make an informed decision about this vaccine. The County Public Health Department has a fact sheet about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine available here.

        It is important to remember that the vaccines were studied with tens of thousands of volunteers of different ages, races, and backgrounds and have been safely administered to millions of people nationwide. Studies have found that serious side effects are very rare, and the vaccines are very safe.

        The County Health System offers either Pfizer or Moderna (2-dose mRNA vaccines) at all of its vaccination clinics. In addition, the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available upon request.

          Clinical trials involving tens of thousands of individuals have demonstrated that the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen (also known as Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe COVID-19 illness and death.

          ​Starting from two weeks after receiving the second dose for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna or the single dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson​​.​​​​​

          Yes. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for administration in patients aged 12 years and older.  All County Health System sites currently offer the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Janssen/J&J vaccines are only authorized in patients aged 18 years and older.

          A consent form signed by a parent, legal guardian, or other adult with legal custody is required for anyone under the age of 18 to get vaccinated. This form is available online and at the vaccination site. If the parent/guardian is not present, they must be available by phone at the time of the appointment.

          Vaccine recipients commonly experience mild to moderate side effects that occur within the first three days of vaccination and resolve within 1-3 days of onset. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects include mild to moderate pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site and/or mild to moderate flu-like symptoms (for example, fever, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle aches). Serious side effects are very rare.

          We have strong evidence that being vaccinated will prevent you from getting severely ill and dying from COVID-19. While you can still get an asymptomatic infection or mild illness, growing evidence suggests that being vaccinated makes this possibility less likely than if you were never vaccinated.

          It’s important to keep in mind that it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it is possible a person could contract COVID-19 shortly after vaccination and get sick because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.​

          Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had a COVID-19 infection. If you were treated for COVID-19 with intravenous monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID vaccine. Otherwise, you can receive a vaccine dose after you have recovered from acute illness and have completed your isolation period. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatment you received or if you have more questions about getting a vaccine. Experts do not yet know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Note: Some healthcare organizations may prioritize for vaccination those who have not had a previous infection in the prior 90 days.​​​​​​

          Yes. The CDC recommends that all persons who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past be vaccinated. Individuals should complete their quarantine period prior to visiting a vaccination site.​​​

          Yes. At this time, unless a public health order or directive says otherwise, a person’s vaccination status does not exempt them from State and County public health orders and directives. The County will evaluate new data and evidence regarding the effects of vaccination as they come in, and may adjust this policy in the future.​

          No, if you meet all of the following criteria:

          • Your exposure occurred after 14 days after the completion of your vaccine series
          • You do not have any COVID-19 symptoms
          • You are not an inpatient or resident in a healthcare setting or facility

          As more community members become fully vaccinated and as the CDC and California Department of Public Health are updating their guidance, the County has modified its recommendations as well. Fully vaccinated persons do not need to be tested in many circumstances that do still require testing for unvaccinated persons. For example, fully vaccinated persons do not need to be tested upon return from domestic travel (although they do still need to be tested after arriving from international travel). However, fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to someone with COVID should be tested immediately and on day 5 from the exposure.

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