Vaccine Information

Anyone working or living in San Joaquin County aged 12 or older

Those 12 — 17 are approved for the Pfizer vaccine at this time. A parent or legal guardian must provide consent for vaccination. Guidance on consent for minors is available from California Department of Public Health.

Vaccination of people younger than 12 will start as soon as the COVID-19 Vaccines are approved for them.

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Additional Vaccine Doses are Available

At this time, additional doses are available to someone who’s immune response is potentially not strong enough to protect them after the first two initial doses.

Coming soon, booster shots will be available for individuals who have completed their vaccine series, but the vaccine's efficacy has likely lessened over time. These are expected to be available starting September 15th. This will be for the general public that received their 2nd dose vaccine at least 8 months ago.

More information can be found at My Turn - California COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling & Notifications.


What you can do once fully vaccinated

You can:

  • Spend time with other fully-vaccinated people, even indoors, without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Spend time indoors without masks or physical distancing with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Travel domestically without a pre- or post-travel test and without quarantining after travel
  • Travel internationally without a pre-travel test (depending on destination) and without quarantining after travel
  • Take part in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
  • Return to work following an exposure as long as you have no COVID-19 symptoms
  • Skip testing if asymptomatic
  • Skip quarantining following a known exposure if asymptomatic

You should:

  • Continue to follow the mandatory CDPH face coverings guidance, including wearing a mask and physically distancing in indoor public settings
  • Get tested and isolate if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Continue to follow the mandatory CDPH gathering guidance. Avoid large indoor gatherings, especially when they include those who are not fully vaccinated
  • Avoid being indoors unmasked with people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households, as permitted by the gathering guidance
  • Follow COVID-19 guidance issued by your employer
  • Continue to follow the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), if they apply at your workplace
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

See the CDPH’s Travel Advisory and COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People for complete details.


Frequently Asked Questions:

How many COVID-19 vaccine doses are needed?
  • Two doses for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 21 days apart
  • Two doses for the Moderna vaccine, 28 days apart
  • One dose for the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine

If two shots are required, get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible, but not sooner. However, if you can’t get it at the recommended interval, second doses may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There is limited data on how well these vaccines work beyond this window. But if the second dose is given after 42 days, there is no need to start over.

Be sure to get the same vaccine the second time that you got the first time. COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other. The safety and efficacy of mixing vaccines has not been tested.

How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
Nothing. COVID-19 vaccines, including their administration, are free to the public. Read more at the Department of Managed Health Care’s Know Your Health Care Rights PDF.
Do I need to be a California resident to get COVID-19 vaccine?
No. Vaccine distribution is based on eligibility irrespective of residency or immigration status.
I’ve already had COVID-19. Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. We do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.
When and where can I sign up to get my child vaccinated?
You can book an appointment for your child age 12 and up through My Turn or by calling California’s COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255. You can also call your family doctor, local community health clinic, or public health office for more information.
Do the providers need parental consent before administering COVID-19 vaccine to a minor?
Yes. Vaccine providers must obtain consent from a parent, legal guardian, or other adult having legal custody before vaccinating a minor. But there are some exceptions:

  • Emancipated minors do not need the consent of a parent or guardian to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Providers may accept written consent from a parent or legal guardian of an unaccompanied minor. The written consent must verify the parent/guardian has been provided the Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet.
  • Phone or video consent is possible if the parent/guardian confirms that they have been provided the Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet or the Fact Sheet is read to the parent/guardian.
Families should check with their vaccine provider on acceptable forms of consent. See CDPH’s Pfizer Vaccine Minor Consent Guidance for more details.
Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine now?
Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for the following groups:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is for ages 12 and above
  • Moderna vaccine is for ages 18 and above
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine is for ages 18 and above
Clinical trials are ongoing to identify additional safe vaccines for children.
Are vaccines safe for our youth ages 12 to15?
Clinical trials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were found to be safe and effective in protecting against severe illness, hospitalization, and death in those aged 12-15. Pfizer’s phase three clinical trial enrolled 2,260 adolescents 12 to 15 years of age in the United States and demonstrated 100% efficacy.
Why should I vaccinate my child?
Cases in children are increasing. The American Academy of PediatricsPDF reports that youth now account for 22% of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. This time last year it was only around 3%. It is important to get young people vaccinated to prevent new cases from increasing further.

The more vaccinations, the more we stop the spread of highly contagious coronavirus variants and shrink the pool of people vulnerable to COVID-19. By getting our 12 to 15-year-olds vaccinated, families can be safer as we get back to doing the things we love.
What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”?
People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they receive the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen).

See CDPH’s COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People for complete details.
Should I keep my COVID-19 vaccination record card?
Yes. We urge Californians to keep their vaccination record cards for themselves and their families in a safe place to prevent loss or damage. Individuals who need replacement cards should contact their vaccination provider for replacement. You can request your COVID-19 vaccination record from the California Immunization Registry (CAIR). However, CAIR does not provide replacement cards.
How can I convince my family and friends to take a COVID-19 vaccine?
How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
Talking with family and friends about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine can be hard. You can help by listening without judgement and identifying the root of their concerns. Things to remember to help open the discussion include:

  • Listen to questions with empathy
  • Ask open-ended questions to explore concerns
  • Ask permission to share information
  • Help them find their own reason to get vaccinated
  • Help make their vaccination happen
The CDC has recommendations on how to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family.

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