Vaccine Information

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Boosters

You can get a booster if your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna was at least 6 months ago and you are at least 18 years old. If you got Johnson & Johnson, you can get a booster if your first shot was at least 2 months ago and you are at least 18 years old. You can mix and match vaccines. Be sure to bring your paper vaccination card or digital QR code from myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. No additional paperwork is required to prove eligibility for boosters.


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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?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup have authorized the use of the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. San Joaquin County children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Vaccination sites began rolling out throughout the county on November 4.

The Pfizer pediatric vaccine is administered as a 2-dose series, given 3 weeks apart. Initial doses have been shipped to some local pharmacies, pediatric and family practice offices, and San Joaquin County Public Health Services. An estimated 76,635 children between the ages of 5 and 11 reside in San Joaquin County. Initial demand for the pediatric vaccine is expected to be high as parents seek protection for their children. Parents looking to vaccinate their children are encouraged to reach out to their medical provider. Other options include:
  • Walk-in or make an appointment at an established vaccination site such as Stribley Park Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St. in Stockton; check dates and hours at myturn.ca.gov or call the hotline at (833) 422-4255.
  • Check with local Walgreens or CVS pharmacies online; available at select locations.
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.
Can I mix and match COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers?
Yes, after you complete your first vaccination series. In the United States, that means two shots of the Pfizer vaccine 21 days apart, or two shots of the Moderna vaccine 28 days apart, or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Then you may choose another vaccine to receive as a booster dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine they got before, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC recommendations now allow for this type of mix-and-match dosing for booster doses.
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 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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