Updates as of July 29, 2022:
- Aligned with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted to adults aged 18 and older.
There are four COVID-19 vaccines to choose from
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has full FDA approval for people aged 12 and
older and emergency use authorization for people aged 6 months through 11 years.
2-dose series series (two doses, given three to eight weeks apart and a booster for
those aged 5 and older).
3-dose series (second dose given three to eight weeks after first dose, third
dose given at least eight weeks after second dose for those aged 6 months
through 4 years).
The Moderna vaccine has full FDA approval for people aged 18 and older, and
emergency use authorization for people aged 6 months through 17 years.
- The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has emergency use authorization for people aged 18 and older.
- 1-dose series (one dose and a booster for those aged 18 and older).
- The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted has emergency use authorization for people aged 18 and older.
- 2-dose series (two doses, given three to eight weeks apart).
COVID-19 can cause severe illness
COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus that spreads in the air, especially when an infected person speaks, sneezes, or coughs in poorly ventilated areas. COVID-19 can cause severe illness, hospitalization, or death, and emerging studies show the severe impacts of long COVID.
Vaccination is recommended for people aged 6 months+
The CDC recommends that all individuals aged 6 months through 4 years get the COVID-19 vaccine, and those aged 5 and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine primary series and booster dose, if eligible. Children aged 6 months through 17 years can receive an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for their primary series. Completion of the primary series and booster doses remain the best way to prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19, including of our most vulnerable. Vaccinating children can help protect family members who are at higher risk for getting sick. Vaccination can help keep kids in school and safely participating in group activities.
It is your choice to get vaccinated. Your decisions will not change your standard medical care.
How many doses am I eligible for?
People may receive a different number of doses depending on which vaccine product is chosen for the primary series, and the eligibility of receiving booster or additional doses. Find more information under Related Materials at the top of the page or see the COVID-19 Vaccine Timing (PDF) sheet.
Should I get a booster dose?
Yes! Based on the continued effectiveness of the vaccine to maintain strong immunity against severe illness and death, the FDA has authorized booster doses for eligible age groups. Find more information under Related Materials at the top of the page.
How to hold your child during vaccination
Parents and caregivers play an important role when children receive vaccines. A parent's embrace during vaccination may reduce the child's stress and help healthcare provider more easily administer the doses. Learn more on the CDC Website.
What should I expect from my COVID-19 vaccine appointment?
- The vaccine will be injected into the muscle of the upper arm or thigh.
- After vaccination, you will be monitored on-site for 15 minutes to make sure you don't have a reaction. People have rarely experienced severe health effects after COVID-19 vaccination. You may experience side effects like pain and swelling where the dose was given, or headache, fatigue, and fever. These symptoms should go away in a few days.
- Once vaccinated, you will be given your vaccine card that outlines what COVID-19 vaccine product you received, the date of vaccination, and the name of the site where the vaccine was given. Continue to bring that card with you during each of your COVID-19 vaccine appointments (to finish your primary series and receive your eligible booster doses). Keep it in a safe place, as proof of vaccination may be required in certain settings. Alternatively, create a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record online through the California Immunization Registry.
- Finally, enroll in v-safe and share your experience on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe even though the vaccines were developed rapidly?
Yes! COVID-19 vaccines are undergoing the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. The vaccine is two years old, but the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine is over 20 years old. All trial phases for the COVID-19 vaccines followed traditional trial phases and the number of patients in these clinical trials was similar to previous vaccine trials.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine along with other vaccines?
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit.
Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine while I'm pregnant?
Yes. Evidence continues to build that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy is safe and effective and is recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.
Make Your Appointment Today
Have more questions? Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. Find a vaccine or walk-in clinic near you at MyTurn.ca.gov, or call (833) 422-4255.