Why should I get vaccinated?
So, the more people get vaccinated, the harder it’s for COVID-19 to spread. Or turn into new variants. Vaccines are especially important for preventing spread within your home because it can be hard to stay apart even if someone in your family has COVID-19 or has to quarantine.
How well do vaccines work?
Where can I get vaccinated?
What do I have to pay?
Side-effects of the Vaccine
Or you may suffer side effects like those you get after a flu or shingles vaccine, e.g:
Will I be asked about my immigration status when I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
No. You get the vaccine free regardless of immigration status. You don’t even need a government-issued ID or a letter from your employer to get vaccinated.
2 doses, given 21 days apart
2 doses, given 28 days apart
- It takes time for your body to build immunity to COVID-19 once you’re vaccinated; so, you aren’t fully vaccinated until 14 days after your last dose; so, don’t lower your guard for at least 14 days.
- If you take the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine…
- You must get the same vaccine both times
- You aren’t vaccinated unless you take both doses (Make sure you get your 2nd dose from where you got your 1st one and take your vaccination card along when you go for the 2nd dose)
- If you’re late getting the 2nd dose, you needn’t start over
- You should get a 3rd dose, of the same vaccine, if you’re immune-compromised, i.e., if your immune system is moderately or extremely weak (Ask your doctor).
- 65+ third shot is open now refer: CDC
You may not have any side effects.
Or you may suffer side effects like those you get after a flu or shingles vaccine, e.g.:
- Feeling tired
- Fever & chills
- Muscle or joint pains
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain, swelling, or redness around where you got the shot
- Swollen lymph nodes
Side effects are normal and a sign a vaccine is working. They show your body is learning to fight the virus and is building immunity.
Still, they may limit your activities; though they usually go away in 1-2 days.
Contact your doctor if:
- Side effects last more than 2 days
- New symptoms start more than 2 days after you get vaccinated
- You have cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell (These aren’t vaccine side effects)
- Symptoms that get worse or worry you.
There’s a small chance a vaccine may give you a severe (bad) allergic reaction. It’d come a few minutes to an hour after you had your shot. Its signs can be:
- Bad rash all over your body
- Difficulty breathing or wheezing
- Fast heartbeat
- Swelling of the face and/or throat
- Weakness or fainting.
If you feel any of these, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.
For 2-dose vaccines (Pfizer & Moderna), side effects are more common after the 2nd dose. But get the 2nd dose even if you get side effects after the first dose, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to.
- Log in to the MyWellness patient portal
- If you’re vaccinated in California, request a digital “card” at MyVaccineRecord.cdph.ca.gov; or through LA County’s partner, Healthvana
- Call your clinic to request a printout.
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