Vaccine Information for the Public

NOTE: Changes to this page will occur as additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. Please check back for updated information.

COVID-19 Vaccine: What do you need to know?

COVID-19 vaccination can help protect you from getting COVID-19. The vaccine will help by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. As Public Health prepares for the possibility of one or more COVID-19 vaccines becoming available soon, here are a few things things you need to know about the vaccine and its distribution.

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated once a COVID-19 vaccine is available to general public. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, many processes and procedures remain in place to make sure the vaccine is safe and approved for use. Safety is a top priority and there are many reasons to get vaccinated.

Based on what we currently know, COVID-19 vaccination will:

  • help keep you from getting COVID-19
  • be a safer way to help build protection
  • be an important tool to help stop the pandemic and restore our communities

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for additional information about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

  • Before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines must first show that they are safe and effective. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization. (What is an EUA?)
  • The U.S. vaccine safety system makes sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection for a limited time. However, experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 is greater than any benefits of natural immunity.
  • Experts are regularly trying to learn important aspects of both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine. We will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. However, until everyone is able to get vaccinated, it is still important to follow the recommended safety measures to help stop the spread.

  • Wearing masks and practicing physical distancing can help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.
  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, Public Health will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest data.

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Additional Coronavirus Information

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For Public Information: (209) 558-7535
For Hospital & Provider Information: (209) 558-5678

California Department of Public Health
Stigma Related to COVID-19
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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