COVID-19 Resource Center
How to get the COVID-19 Vaccine
Join the millions of Californians who've already been vaccinated. Do it for yourself, your family, and your community.
- Check to see if it's your turn.
Safe, free, and effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available to everyone age 12 and up.
- Find a vaccine clinic near you.
Many vaccine clinics and pharmacies no longer require an appointment to get the vaccine. Find where to get the vaccine at MyTurn, the official California state government website, or call (833) 422-4255 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) MyTurn can also help people who can't leave the house or need transportation to get a vaccine.
- Find other vaccine providers.
- Get help and answers.
- See our Frequently Asked Questions for answers about COVID-19 vaccine safety, cost and more. The FAQs will be updated as new information and guidance become available.
- Review the Vaccine flyer to answer common questions about the vaccines.
- Community Conversation events. Get your COVID-19 questions answered from a medical doctor. Events will be offered in many languages. Check the calendar of events often.
- You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.
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Frequently asked questions about COVID-19
All vaccines approved by the FDA are highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.
The safety of the COVID-19 vaccine is the main focus! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) takes care to review all safety data from clinical trials. They then approve emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks. Scientists tested COVID-19 vaccines across many diverse backgrounds. This helped to ensure the vaccines meet safety standards.
You may have soreness, swelling and redness around the point of where the shot was given. You could also develop fatigue, headache, body aches, chills or fever. Some people have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. These reactions are normal. The side effects occur as your body begins to build immunity to help fight off future COVID-19 exposures. It is important to know that you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The vaccines in use today and the others that are being made do not contain a live virus.
No. The COVID-19 vaccine will be at no cost to you. You do not need to get a prior approval for your vaccine. You may be asked to provide your health insurance information for tracking data.
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