Vaccine FAQ2021-10-11T11:28:57-07:00

As more Californians get vaccinated and variants circulate, we understand you may have questions and concerns about the safety, effectiveness and side effects that come with the vaccine.

We have put together a list of common questions from the community and responses that have been vetted by medical experts. Please feel free to share this document with your family, friends, neighbors and members of your community. Together, we can stop COVID-19 and keep California safe!

What are the common side effects of vaccines?2021-07-11T00:06:22-07:00
  • Mild fever
  • Chills
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Pain, swelling, or redness where the shot was given
How are vaccines developed?2021-07-10T23:40:35-07:00

Most vaccines have been in use for decades, with millions of people receiving them safely every year. As with all medicines, every vaccine must go through extensive and rigorous testing to ensure it is safe before it can be introduced in a country’s vaccine program

The vaccine was developed too fast. I do not trust that it’s safe.2021-07-10T23:41:06-07:00

These vaccines could be made fast and still be safe: There was a lot of research done on the kind of virus that causes COVID-19 before this virus showed up. Funding from the U.S. and world was spent to get many companies to work on this vaccine and to put all their scientists to work on it around the clock. While every step that must be followed to make a new vaccine and be sure it is safe was followed, some of the steps were done at the same time instead of one after another. It is like cooking several parts of a meal at once instead of cooking one course at a time. You get done sooner but it’s just as good.

Black and Latinx communities are being singled out to get the vaccine but it hasn’t really been proven to be safe.2021-07-10T23:41:45-07:00

There are certainly historical reasons for Black and Latinx communities to fear being singled out. The concern is justified because people of color and marginalized groups have, in the past, been coerced and subjugated to participating in drug trials and medical procedures without informed consent, patient protections, or ethical practices. That is not the case here. The two vaccines now available were tested on diverse populations. In fact, efforts were made to assure inclusion of Black and Latinx volunteers in proportions equal to their proportion in the population just to make sure there weren’t factors that would make a vaccine less effective or less safe in either of those groups. A big effort was made to include members of those groups, to assure that they would not be victims of medical neglect, which is the other side of the coin in regard to medical racism.

Will the vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?2021-07-10T23:42:13-07:00

No. You cannot get the disease from the vaccine, and the current vaccines do not include the virus in any form.

What is the difference between each brand of vaccine, which one is better?2021-07-10T23:42:40-07:00

Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine were shown to be about 95% effective in large-scale studies that included thousands of participants. Both Pfizer and Moderna require two doses. The J&J vaccine was shown to be almost 75% effective and requires one dose.

When will children get the vaccine?2021-07-10T23:43:01-07:00

Currently, 12-17 year-olds can get the vaccine. A vaccine for children younger than 12 is being tested in clinical trials and could be available by the fall.

Can the vaccines cause autism or other serious health problems?2021-07-10T23:46:04-07:00

No. Like other approved vaccines, scientists believe the COVID-19 vaccine does not cause disorders like autism or other problems.

Is there a microchip in the vaccine that can be used to track me?2021-07-10T23:46:41-07:00

No. This story seems to have spread on the Internet based on a Facebook post that said Bill Gates was planning to use a microchip to identify people who have been tested for COVID-19. Mr. Gates had commented on a research study that had nothing to do with COVID-19 and nothing to do with anything being implanted.

Can the genetic material in the virus change my genes?2021-07-10T23:47:10-07:00

No. The genetic material in these vaccines, called mRNA, tells your body to make a protein that kicks your immune system into action.

Will the vaccine affect my or my partner’s ability to have a baby?2021-07-10T23:47:39-07:00

No. There have been headlines and rumors in the media and on social media about the vaccine causing infertility for women. Health experts say that there is no evidence that receiving the vaccine causes infertility, affects DNA or egg cells.

Does the vaccine cost money?2021-07-10T23:47:59-07:00

No. COVID-19 vaccine will be given to LA county residents at no cost and regardless of immigration status. Your doctor or pharmacy may charge a fee for giving the vaccine, but it should be covered by public and private insurance companies. People without health insurance can get COVID-19 vaccines at no cost.

I just received my first dose. How do I ensure I get my second dose?2021-07-10T23:48:29-07:00

When you get your first dose, you will receive a vaccine record card and from there you should be able to schedule your second appointment by calling 833-540-0473 or by scheduling it online on vaccinatelacounty.com

How do I sign up to get a vaccine?2021-07-10T23:49:00-07:00

Visit this webpage: www.vaccinatelacounty.com. Once you are on the website, click on the button to make an appointment and follow the instructions to schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment.

I want to get the vaccine. Where can I find transportation?2021-07-18T04:46:12-07:00

Visit this webpage: https://vaccinerydes.com/ and follow instructions for a free Lyft promo code to get a ride to your appointment.

How can contracting COVID-19 affect sexual and reproductive health?2021-07-18T04:47:13-07:00

Men who had COVID-19 and recovered are coming to their doctors complaining about trouble getting and keeping erections. More research is needed, but preliminary studies suggest that erectile dysfunction is a symptom of “long COVID.” Getting the vaccine is the only way to protect yourself against getting COVID-19, even if you already got it before. Natural immunity doesn’t last forever. There are also rumors about the vaccine affecting women’s fertility. This is not true—experts believe the vaccine is safe for women of all ages, including pregnant women.

Will getting the vaccine affect my immigration status or immigration application?2021-07-31T05:03:58-07:00

No, The vaccine will not affect a person’s or family’s immigration status. All Californians regardless of immigration status are protected by the law to seek medical care with no fear of public charge consequences.

Are COVID-19 vaccines for children approved by the FDA?2021-10-11T11:09:17-07:00

Only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved by the FDA for kids aged 16 and older. Currently, the vaccine is in clinical trials for children aged 12 and younger.

Kids are the least likely to be affected by COVID- 19. Why should I vaccinate my child?2021-10-11T11:09:43-07:00

We are seeing more infections and hospital admissions among children and younger adults, especially with the Delta variant. Vaccination is the best way to protect them.

What is the most common variant in the United States right now?2021-10-11T11:13:40-07:00

The Delta variant is the cause of more than 90% of the COVID-19 cases in the United States. Children and adults under 50 are being hospitalized more often.

What are the best ways to protect myself from being infected by COVID-19?2021-10-11T11:14:26-07:00
  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep doors and windows open indoors for ventilation
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
What are common side effects of vaccines?2021-10-11T11:15:21-07:00
  • Soreness and/or swelling on site of injection
  • Mild fever
  • Chills
  • Body ache
  • Muscle ache
  • Nausea
Will I get COVID-19 even after being fully vaccinated?2021-10-11T11:15:51-07:00

You will be at lower risk of infection after getting your vaccine. However, if you do get infected, you will most likely have mild or no symptoms at all. More importantly, you will be protected from death and hospital admission.

I have recovered from COVID and have natural immunity. Why should I get the vaccine?2021-10-11T11:16:22-07:00

Natural immunity differs from one person and another. Studies have shown that vaccination after recovery from COVID can boost your natural immunity. Recent information is also showing that even if you had COVID last year, you may not be protected from the Delta variant.

Will the vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?2021-10-11T17:44:26-07:00

No, the vaccine does not give you COVID-19. None of the vaccines contain the live virus.

The vaccine was developed too fast. I do not trust that it’s safe.2021-10-11T17:44:55-07:00

The vaccines went through 3 phases of clinical trials, which were all overseen by the FDA and CDC. mRNA vaccines have also been around for over 10 years, so the science is not new.

Is it safe for Black and Latino communities to get the vaccine?2021-10-11T17:45:32-07:00

The three vaccines were tested on diverse populations, and include Black and Latino volunteers. The vaccine is effective and safe in those groups. A big effort was made to assure that Black and Latino people would not be victims of medical neglect and medical
racism.

Will getting the vaccine affect my immigration status or immigration application?2021-10-11T17:45:55-07:00

There is equal access to vaccines for undocumented immigrants. Receiving the vaccine will not affect your immigration status.

Can the vaccines cause autism or other serious health problems?2021-10-11T17:46:26-07:00

No. Like other approved vaccines, scientists believe the COVID-19 vaccine does not cause disorders like autism or other health problems.

I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to take the vaccine?2021-10-11T17:46:56-07:00

Yes, COVID-19 vaccines are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. You might want to talk to your healthcare provider to help you decide when to get vaccinated.

Will the vaccine affect my or my partner’s ability to have a baby?2021-10-11T17:47:27-07:00

No. There is no evidence that the vaccine interferes with pregnancy. In fact, women who were in the clinical trials were able to get pregnant after.

Does the vaccine cost money?2021-10-11T17:47:48-07:00

No. COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone.

When will children get the vaccine?2021-10-11T17:48:16-07:00

Currently, only 12 to 18 year-olds can get the vaccine. A vaccine for kids 12 and under is in clinical trials and could be available later in the fall.

What is the difference between each brand of vaccine, which one is better?2021-10-11T17:48:50-07:00

All three COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection. Chances of infection and transmission are much lower when you receive any of the vaccines. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose.

I just received my first dose. How do I ensure I get my second dose?2021-10-11T17:49:19-07:00

When you get your first dose, you will receive a vaccine record card and from there you should be able to schedule your second appointment by calling 833-540-0473, scheduling it online or with your doctor.

How do I sign up to get a vaccine?2021-10-11T17:56:21-07:00

Click here to Make an Appointment, then follow the instructions to
schedule your vaccine.

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