COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The State will equitably distribute a safe and effective vaccine to everyone in California who wants it. We expect to have enough supplies to vaccinate most Californians by summer 2021.
On this page you will find:
- When you can get vaccinated
- How to get vaccinated
- How vaccines work
- Vaccination progress dashboards
- What to expect after vaccination
- Spread the news about the vaccines
- Questions and answers
When you can get vaccinated
California is allocating COVID-19 vaccines as they become available to ensure equitable distribution.
Vaccinations are prioritized according to age and risk. A portion of the California population can get vaccinated now, and the rest should have access by spring 2021.
Verify your eligibility
Every Californian can sign up at myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255 to see if it’s their turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re not currently eligible or if there are no open appointments, you can sign up to be notified when it’s your turn.
Who can get vaccinated now
Est. 3M people
- Healthcare workers
- Long-term care residents
Est. 12M people
NOW VACCINATING AS SUPPLIES ALLOW
- Individuals 65 and older
- Sector populations:
- Agriculture and food
- Education and childcare
- Emergency services
See CDPH’s Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guidelines for details.
Vaccinating those at higher risk
Beginning March 15, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals aged 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk to get very sick from COVID-19 because they have the following severe health conditions:
- Cancer, current with weakened immune system
- Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
- Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
- Down syndrome
- Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
- Sickle cell disease
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (but not hypertension)
- Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%
If as a result of a developmental or other severe high-risk disability one or more of the following applies:
- The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
- Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival
- Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability.
See CDPH’s Provider Bulletin for details.
How to get vaccinated
How you will be vaccinated depends on when you are eligible and the available supply at the time you are eligible.
Schedule with My Turn
Healthcare workers and individuals 65+ who live or work in certain counties can book appointments immediately through the myturn.ca.gov site or by calling (833) 422-4255.
Educators and childcare providers under age 65 will be able to book an appointment on myturn.ca.gov with a special code. The State of California is working with local education and childcare organizations to distribute these codes. Learn more about the K-12 school staff and childcare vaccine allocation plan.
Online appointment scheduling for other groups and residents of other counties will be available soon statewide. Appointments are available in Spanish.
Schedule with a local provider
Some local health jurisdictions provide vaccination appointments separately from My Turn.
You can use the CDC VaccineFinder tool to find vaccination locations near you:
Most Californians will be vaccinated at:
- Community vaccination sites
- Doctor’s offices
How vaccines work
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 just after vaccination, because the vaccine has not had enough time to build immunity.
You may have some side effects after vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials. All COVID-19 vaccines were authorized only after it was found that they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
The authorized vaccines are up to 95% effective against a person becoming ill with COVID-19.
The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how the federal government is working to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, using both established and new safety monitoring systems. These vaccines cannot give you COVID-19. Learn more facts about COVID-19 vaccines.
Results from monitoring efforts are reassuring. Many people have reported only mild side effects after COVID-19 vaccination. Some people have no side effects.
Benefits of getting vaccinated
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. But they have other benefits, too:
- In the rare case that you do still get COVID-19, the vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build immunity. COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you.
COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to normal.
Read more at CDC’s Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.
Vaccination progress dashboards
These dashboards make vaccination data transparent and accessible to all Californians.
The dashboards report vaccines administered by the county of residence. Where the county of residence was not reported, the county where vaccinated is used. This applies to less than 1% of vaccination records. The sum of county-level vaccinations does not equal statewide total vaccinations because some out-of-state residents are vaccinated in California.
Vaccine administration by county of residence
This dashboard is updated daily.
Vaccination by groups
The distribution of first vaccine doses by race and ethnicity, age, and gender is shown below. Providing this information is voluntary and not required for vaccination.
Initially, vaccination was limited to healthcare workers and long-term care residents. Hence the data reflects those populations more than other California residents. Data shows the cumulative total administered and is updated weekly on Thursdays.
- People with at least one dose of vaccine administered by race and ethnicity in California
- People with at least one dose of vaccine administered by race and ethnicity in [REGION]
- % of vaccines administered
- % of state population
- Note: “Other” means those who don’t fall under any listed race or ethnicity. “Unknown” includes those who declined to state or whose race and ethnicity information is missing.
- People with at least one dose of vaccine administered by age in California
- People with at least one dose of vaccine administered by age in [REGION]
- % of vaccines administered
- % of state population
- People with at least one dose of vaccine administered by gender in California
- People with at least one dose of vaccine administered by gender in [REGION]
- % of vaccines administered
- % of state population
- “Unknown/undifferentiated” includes those who declined to state, whose gender information is missing, or who identify as transgender, gender non-binary, gender queer or intersex.
What to expect after vaccination
How much protection COVID-19 vaccination provides under real-life conditions is still unknown. Even with a vaccine, you may still be able to spread COVID-19. It is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like:
- Staying home and isolating from others when sick
- Wearing masks
- Washing hands often
- Social distancing and avoiding crowds
Together, COVID-19 vaccination and taking steps to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. We need to understand more about the protection that vaccines provide before we change recommendations.
Side effects after vaccination are normal
After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building immunity. The most common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the shot. In addition, you may have fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. They may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting vaccinated.
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine
The vaccines do not contain coronavirus and cannot give you COVID-19. If the vaccine you got requires two shots, be sure to get both doses so it can work fully.
Limited quarantine exemption if you’re vaccinated
Vaccinated people who have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria, according to the CDC:
- Are fully vaccinated (it’s been 2 weeks or more since getting the second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks or more since getting one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
- Are within 3 months of getting the last dose in the series
- Have had no symptoms since the exposure
People who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should quarantine. Follow current quarantine guidance.
Fully vaccinated people who do not need to quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should be evaluated for COVID-19, including coronavirus testing if indicated. In addition, vaccinated people should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including travel recommendations.
Testing for COVID-19 during vaccine rollout
It will take many months before enough people are fully vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, at this time, CDPH does not recommend changes to testing requirements for individuals, even those who have been fully vaccinated. As the science and evidence evolves, CDPH will issue updated guidance to reflect new information and data.
- Get tested: If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested. This is true even after being vaccinated. Tests for COVID-19 work the same in vaccinated people as they do in unvaccinated people.
- Testing keeps you, your family, and friends safe
- If your job requires it, you still need to get tested regularly, even if you had the vaccine
Spread the news about the vaccines
Vaccinate ALL 58 is our state’s COVID-19 vaccination program for Californians in all 58 counties.
Share that vaccination against COVID-19 is here. Visit the COVID-19 Response Toolkit page to find images and videos you can post on social media.