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COVID-19 Vaccination Update:

Valley Health Team currently receives a limited number of vaccines on an ongoing basis to vaccinate patients. We encourage every person to receive the COVID-19 vaccination when it becomes available to them. By getting vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself, but your family, friends, and neighbors. By working together, we can help move past this pandemic and towards a brighter future.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments:

As vaccine supplies are limited, we ask for your patience as there could be a delay in scheduling appointments. Please call your nearest Health Center location to let us know you are eligible for Phase 1A or 1B.

COVID-19 Distribution:

Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are available to every California resident age 16 and older. California is making sure that these supplies are distributed and administered equitably. Criteria to determine eligibility is made by state and local health departments. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccine distribution, visit the California COVID-19 Response website.

Please check the table below for additional information on vaccine distribution. If you have additional questions, please visit the California Department of Public Health's website to learn more about the vaccine and who can receive the vaccine at this time.

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What to Bring?

1. Face Mask
2. Identification
3. Insurance Cards (You will not be charged)
4. Employer Verification (ID Badge, check stub, or letter from employer)
5. COVID-19 registration information (save time by printing and completing at home)

Currently, there are limited supplies of the vaccine. This information will be updated when supplies increase.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which vaccines are available?

Currently, two vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccines work by instructing your body to make a harmless piece of “spike protein” that is found on the surface of the COVID-19 virus. Your body builds an immune response against this protein and stores that response in the memory cells to use it against COVID-19 virus when or if exposed/infected.

How many doses do I need?

In California, there are two authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 (Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine). The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine require two doses.

  • Two doses for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, 21 days apart.
  • Two doses for the Moderna vaccine, 28 days apart.

Can the COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

No. None of the vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for three COVID-19 vaccines which have been shown to be safe and effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. These data demonstrate that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine outweigh the known and potential harms of becoming infected with COVID-19.

Are there any side effects?

The most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted 1-3 days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. 

How much will the vaccine cost?

COVID-19 vaccines, including their administration, are free. 

If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, as of now we know that there is short-term immunity after one gets COVID but people can get re-infected and the hope is that the vaccine provides a longer immunity than the disease itself and prevents people from getting COVID again. Wait 90 days if you have receives a monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma.    

 

 

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