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For COVID or flu vaccines visit one of our community events hosted throughout San Diego and Riverside counties which can be found by following us on Facebook or visiting events on Facebook.

Appointments and walk-ins are available for members of our community and our patients age 5 years and older. We are offering flu, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and booster vaccines. Vaccine appointments can be scheduled using My Turn at https://myturn.ca.gov/ 

We are distributing the vaccines quickly and safely. Stay updated on the latest information on our COVID-19 vaccination efforts by visiting this webpage.

Additional Vaccine Dose

  • An additional third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) has already been approved for persons with moderately and severely immunocompromised conditions, after an initial 2-dose primary mRNA vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna).
  • A third additional dose is recommended by the CDC for moderately to severely immunocompromised people four weeks after receiving their second Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. That’s because immunocompromised people sometimes do not build enough of a protective response after the first two doses, and a third dose can help mount an immune response.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot

Updated Nov. 9, 2021 CDC source

Some COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients Can Get Booster Shots

  • People who received a primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series and are 65 years and older, 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions, or 18 years and older who live in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot at least 6 months after completing the primary series (which may include an additional primary dose in persons with moderate to severe immunocompromise).
  • People who received a primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series and are 18-49 years old with underlying medical conditions, or 18 years and older who work or live in high-risk settings may receive a booster shot at least 6 months after completing the primary series (which may include an additional primary dose in persons with moderate to severe immunocompromise).
  • People who received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and are 18 years and older should receive a booster shot at least 2 months after receiving their primary vaccine dose.

Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster Shot

You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

If we need a booster shot, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?

No. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.

What are the risks to getting a booster shot?

So far, reactions reported pdf icon[4.7 MB, 88 pages] after getting the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot were similar to that of the 2-shot primary series. Fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most side effects were mild to moderate. However, as with the 2-shot primary series, serious side effects are rare, but may occur.

Am I still considered “fully vaccinated” if I don’t get a booster shot?

Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a vaccine?

A vaccine is a product that stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first. This is what makes vaccines such powerful medicine. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.

Why should I get the vaccine?

You can reduce your risk of infection, disease, hospitalization, severe complications, and even death by getting vaccinated. The early results for the vaccine clinical trial indicate 74-95% efficacy at preventing COVID-19 symptoms.

Who should get the COVID vaccine?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the COVID-19 vaccines emergency use in individuals 12 years of age and older.

How much will it cost to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

There will be no cost associated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Can I get the vaccine if I’ve already had (tested positive) COVID-19?

Yes. If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, you are still eligible to receive the vaccine.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

As a friendly reminder, COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for pregnant people. The CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to get pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future.

CDC recommendations align with those from professional medical organizations serving people who are pregnant, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

For more information regarding vaccination while pregnant, breastfeeding, or lactating, click here

Will I experience side effects?

Our vaccinators are trained to administer the COVID-19 vaccine will monitor you for side effects for at least 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine. Any vaccine can cause mild side effects. The ones identified with the COVID-19 vaccine may include but are not limited to, pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose. In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact us if redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours or if your side effects are worrying you.

Click below for additional information

Moderna fact sheet English

Moderna Fact sheet Spanish

 

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