California has lifted the color-coded reopening system, officially lifting restrictions on both capacity and physical distancing for most activities and businesses. California has also updated its mask mandate for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. However, masks are still required in healthcare settings such as clinics and hospitals, regardless of vaccination status. Visit the California Department of Public Health’s website to learn more.
To help decrease the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and to protect those with a weakened immune system and those ineligible for the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends all persons (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) wear a mask in all indoor public settings in areas where the transmission of COVID-19 is “substantial” or “high”. Currently, Fresno, Inyo, and Tulare County have “high” transmission of COVID-19. Check out the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker to find your county’s level of community transmission.
In addition, all people (vaccinated and unvaccinated) in the following settings must wear a mask; on public transit (airplanes, trains, busses, ride-shares, etc.), healthcare settings (clinics, community health centers, hospitals, etc.), indoors (K-12 Schools, childcare and other youth settings), correctional/detention centers and homeless centers. For additional information, please visit the California Department of Public Health's website.
Valley Health Team encourages 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.
Currently, Moderna, and the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines are available to every California resident age 18 and older, and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is available to those 12 years and older.
To schedule an appointment please call your nearest Health Center location.
Currently, Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, and the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines are available to every California resident that meets the current age criteria. California is making sure that these supplies are distributed and administered equitably.
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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1. Face Mask
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)
Is the Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine safe for adolescents?
The CDC has adopted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' (AICP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in 12-15 year old adolescents.
Which vaccines are available?
Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:
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 the COVID-19 virus when or if exposed/infected.
How many doses do I need?
There are three authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine). The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine requires two doses and the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine requires a single dose.
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 received a monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma.
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