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You can also check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacy.
Get vaccinated – it’s safe, effective, and free. Vaccination is the most important tool to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Every Californian 12 and up is now eligible for vaccination.
On this page:
- Vaccinations for kids 12-15
- California’s vaccine incentive program
- How to get vaccinated
- How vaccines work
- What to expect after vaccination
- Vaccine equity for hardest-hit communities
- Vaccination progress data
- Spread the news about the vaccines
- Questions and answers
Vaccinations for kids 12-15
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by the FDA for those aged 12-15. It was found to be safe and effective in protecting children as young as 12 in clinical trials.
This broader authorization of this COVID-19 vaccine for younger people will help California build on our huge success vaccinating the majority of the population 16 and up. The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all Californians, regardless of insurance and immigration status. You will not be asked about your immigration status when you receive the vaccine.
How to get vaccinated
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Schedule with a local provider
You can use the CDC’s VaccineFinder tool to find vaccination locations near you.
You should also check with your healthcare provider. They can advise if you can get your vaccination with them, or in another setting.
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.
What to expect after vaccination
You may have mild side effects
After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building immunity. Your arm may hurt where you got your shot or you may have redness or swelling. You may be tired or have a headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, or nausea. They may affect your ability to do daily activities, but should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects. Learn more about Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.
The CDC recommends women younger than 50 years old to be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after taking Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen. Read CDPH’s Fact Sheet: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Benefits and Risks.
If you have experienced a side effect after COVID-19 vaccination, you can report it to:
When to call the doctor
In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider:
- If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot gets worse after 24 hours
- If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days
If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions.
What you can start to do
If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can resume most activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
Read more at the CDC’s When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.
What we know
- COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
- COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.
What we’re still learning
- How effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
- How well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications.
- How long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.
Vaccine equity for hardest-hit communities
The Governor announced seven equity strategies in California’s vaccine rollout to protect hard-to-reach communities, address vaccine questions, and drive innovative efforts in communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
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.