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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get vaccinated?»

Vaccination is our most powerful tool to help protect ourselves, loved ones, our community and ultimately end the pandemic. The vaccines give you strong protection from getting and spreading COVID-19 and even greater protection from serious illness, hospitalization and death from the virus.

Will I have to pay for the vaccine?»

No. If you have insurance, your doctor or pharmacy may charge your insurance company a fee for giving the vaccine. People without health insurance can get COVID-19 vaccines at no cost. There are no out-of-pocket costs for anyone.

Will I be asked about my immigration status?»

No. COVID-19 vaccine is being given to Lake County residents at no cost, regardless of immigration status. You should not be asked about your immigration status when you get a COVID vaccine. Your medical information is private and getting a COVID-19 vaccine does not affect your immigration status.

When am I considered fully vaccinated?»

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine)

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

I've had COVID-19. Do I still need to get vaccinated?»

Yes. You should get vaccinated even if you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.

Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?»

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). Learn more about EUAs in this video.

Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines since they were authorized for emergency use by FDA. These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

Is it safe for my child to get a COVID-19 vaccine?»

Yes. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Like adults, children may have some side effects after COVID-19 vaccination. These side effects may affect their ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Children 12 years and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in children 12 years and older. Your child cannot get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine.

Find more information by visiting COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens.

Can I be vaccinated if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?»

Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, a conversation with your healthcare provider might help, but is not required for vaccination.

Have the vaccines been tested?»

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). Learn more about EUAs in this video.

Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines since they were authorized for emergency use by FDA. These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

What are the common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines?»

You may get side effects, like the ones after the flu vaccine or shingles vaccine after getting a COVID-19
vaccine. For two-dose vaccines, side effects are more common after the second dose. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away within a day or two. Not everyone gets side effects. They may include:

  • Fever, chills, and muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Feeling tired
  • Sore or red arm

Side effects are normal and a sign that the vaccine is working. It shows your body is learning to fight a germ and build up immunity. It is important to get the second dose even if you get side effects after the first dose unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to.

Contact your doctor if you have:
  • Vaccine side effects that last more than 2 days,
  • Symptoms that start more than 2 days after you get the vaccine,
  • Any of these symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell (as these are not vaccine side effects), or
  • Symptoms that get worse or worry you.
How do the COVID-19 vaccines work?»
  • mRNA vaccines, like Moderna or Pfizer, contain material from the virus that causes COVID-19 that gives our cells instructions for how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus. After our cells make copies of the protein, they destroy the genetic material from the vaccine. Our bodies recognize that the protein should not be there and build defensive cells that will remember how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if we are infected in the future.
  • Vector vaccines, like Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), contain a modified version of a different virus than the one that causes COVID-19. Inside the shell of the modified virus, there is material from the virus that causes COVID-19. This is called a viral vector. Once the viral vector is inside our cells, the genetic material gives cells instructions to make a protein that is unique to the virus that causes COVID-19. Using these instructions, our cells make copies of the protein. This prompts our bodies to build specialized cells that will remember how to fight that virus if we are infected in the future.
Are COVID-19 vaccines likely to have long-term side effects?»

Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that side effects generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. For this reason, the FDA required each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines to be studied for at least two months (eight weeks) after the final dose. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and no long-term side effects have been detected.

CDC continues to closely monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. If scientists find a connection between a safety issue and a vaccine, FDA and the vaccine manufacturer will work toward an appropriate solution to address the specific safety concern (for example, a problem with a specific lot, a manufacturing issue, or the vaccine itself).

Will the vaccine alter my DNA? »

No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept.

Will the vaccine make me sick with COVID or make me test positive?»

No. None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

Are there serious side effects from COVID-19 vaccines?»

Serious side effects are rare. As with any medicine, it is possible to have a serious allergic reaction, such as not being able to breathe. This reaction is very rare but if it does happen, it is usually within in first 15-30 minutes after vaccination. Everyone is observed after getting a COVID-19 vaccine so that healthcare providers can treat an allergic reaction straight away.

There is a risk of a rare but serious condition involving blood clots and low platelets in people after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine. This risk is very low. This problem is rare and happened in about 7 per 1 million vaccinated women between 18 and 49 years old. For women 50 years and older and men of any age, this problem is even more rare. This problem has not been linked to the other two COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna).

What if I experience a side effect after being vaccinated?»

If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please call 9-1-1 immediately. If you currently have urgent or concerning symptoms, please contact your primary healthcare provider.

CDC and FDA encourages people to report possible adverse events after vaccination to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), even if they are not sure the vaccine caused the problem. In general, report any side effect or health problem after vaccination that is concerning to you. Reporting adverse events to VAERS helps scientists at CDC and FDA keep vaccines safe.

Please visit the VAERS website for more information or to report an adverse event.

Will the vaccine make me magnetic? »

No. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of your injection. All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals. Learn more about the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccinations authorized for use in the United States.

What ingredients are in COVID-19 vaccines?»

Vaccine ingredients can vary by manufacturer. To learn more about the ingredients in authorized COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC webpage.

Do you need proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
Who's being vaccinated Timeline
Residents who live or work in Lake County*, age 18 and older. Now eligible
Residents who live or work or attend school in Lake County*, age 12-17 with parent or guardian consent. Now eligible
Residents who meet the criteria for an additional dose, per current CDC guidance.** Limited eligibility.
Limited availability through community partners.

*Please be prepared to show proof of residency or employment.
**Current CDC guidance can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.

Pfizer is currently the only vaccine authorized for use in people ages 12-15 years old and approved for use in people 16-17 years old.

Public Health is partnering with local schools to offer vaccinations! Watch MyTurn.CA.gov for clinics near you.

The CDC is recommending an additional dose for immunocompromised people who meet certain criteria. Information on whether an additional dose is recommended for you can be found by contacting your healthcare provider and by visiting the CDC website.

Additional doses are available on a limited basis through some community partners, such as some healthcare providers and pharmacies. Public Health is not currently providing additional doses. Please check directly with your provider for availability.

Please note: Additional doses are not the same as a "booster." The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced a plan to have boosters available in Fall of 2021. Please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html, and check back for more information and updates. Public Health is not currently providing booster doses.

VACCINATION CLINICS
AREA
PROVIDER  REGISTER  ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION
SOUTH
LAKE
AREA
Adventist Health
Clearlake
Medical Office
15230 Lakeshore Dr.
Clearlake
Driving Directionslinks to external site

MyTurnlinks to external site

(707) 995-4500
Appointment encouraged
Walk-ins accepted
Vaccinating non-patients

*Ages 12+
*3rd dose may be available for those who are immunocompromised
Parent/guardian consent required for minors
Optum Mobile Van
Highlands Senior Center
3245 Bower  Ave.
Clearlake
Driving Directionslinks to external site
MyTurnlinks to external site

(833) 422-4255
Appointments encouraged
Walk-ins welcome
*Ages 12+
*3rd dose may be available for those who are immunocompromised
Clinic Days/Hours:
Wednesdays: 8AM-12PM & 1PM-5PM
Parent/guardian consent required for minors
Optum Mobile Van
Department of Social Services
15975 Anderson Ranch Pkwy.
Lower Lake
Driving Directionslinks to external site
MyTurnlinks to external site

(833) 422-4255
Appointments encouraged
Walk-ins welcome
*Ages 12+
*3rd dose may be available for those who are immunocompromised
Clinic Days/Hours:
Thursdays: 8AM-12PM & 1PM-5PM
Parent/guardian consent required for minors
Optum Mobile Van
Twin Pine Casino & Hotel
22223 Highway 29
Middletown
Driving Directionslinks to external site
MyTurnlinks to external site

(833) 422-4255
Appointments encouraged
Walk-ins welcome
*Ages 12+
*3rd dose may be available for those who are immunocompromised
Clinic Days/Hours:
Saturdays: 8AM-12PM & 1PM-5PM
Parent/guardian consent required for minors
OptumServe
Lower Lake
Town Hall

16195 Main St.
Lower Lake
Closed **Vaccine Site Closed** Testing still available. Testing schedule available HERE.
Rite Aid
15025 Olympic Dr.
Clearlake
Driving Directionslinks to external site

Rite Aidlinks to external site
Appointment encouraged
Walk-ins accepted
*Ages 12+
Pharmacy Hours:
M-S 9AM-6PM 

Sun 10AM-6PM
Parent/guardian consent required for minors
VA Clinic
15145 Lakeshore Dr.
Clearlake
Driving Directionslinks to external site

(707) 995-7200 Appointment required
Current patients only
Walmart
15960 Dam Rd.
Clearlake
Driving Directionslinks to external site

Walmartlinks to external site
Appointment required
May accept walk-ins if unable to schedule online.

Pharmacy Hours:
M-Sat 9AM-1:15PM & 2:15PM-7PM

Sun 10AM-1:15PM & 2:15PM-6PM
     
NORTH
LAKE
AREA
CVS
949 11th St.
Lakeport
Driving Directionslinks to external site
CVSlinks to external site
Appointment encouraged
Walk-ins accepted
*3rd dose may be available for those who are immunocompromised
Pharmacy Hours:
M-F 8AM-8PM

S & Sun 9AM-6PM
Optum Mobile Van
Lake County
Health Services
922 Bevins Ct.
Lakeport
Driving Directionslinks to external site
MyTurnlinks to external site

(833) 422-4255

Appointments encouraged
Walk-ins welcome
*Ages 12+
*3rd dose may be available for those who are immunocompromised
Clinic Days/Hours:
Tuesdays: 8AM-12PM & 1PM-5PM
Parent/guardian consent required for minors

Optum Mobile Van
Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino
1545 State Highway 20
Nice
Driving Directionslinks to external site
MyTurnlinks to external site

(833) 422-4255

Appointments encouraged
Walk-ins welcome
*Ages 12+
*3rd dose may available for those who are immunocompromised
**CORRECTED:**
Clinic Days/Hours:
Fridays: 8AM-12PM & 1PM-5PM

Parent/guardian consent required for minors

North Lake
Medical
Pharmacy #1
5136 Hill Rd. East
Lakeport
Driving Directionslinks to external site

MyTurnlinks to external site

(833) 422-4255

Appointment required
*Ages  12+
Pharmacy Hours:
M-F 9AM-6PM
Parent/guardian consent required for minors
North Lake
Medical
Pharmacy #2
347 Lakeport Blvd.
Lakeport
Driving Directionslinks to external site

MyTurnlinks to external site

(833) 422-4255

Appointment required
*Ages 12+
Pharmacy Hours:
M-S 9AM-7PM
Parent/guardian consent required for minors
Safeway
1071 11th St.
Lakeport
Driving Directionslinks to external site

Safewaylinks to external site

MyTurnlinks to external site

(707) 263-8779
Appointment encouraged
Walk-ins accepted
*Ages 12+

*3rd dose may be available for those who are immunocompromised
Pharmacy Hours:

M-F 8AM-1PM & 1:45PM-7PM
S 9AM-1PM & 1:45PM-5PM*
Sun 10AM-1PM & 1:45PM-5PM
Sutter Lakeside Medical Practice
987 Parallel Dr., Ste. C
Lakeport
Driving Directionslinks to external site

Sutter Lakesidelinks to external site

(707) 262-5088
Appointment required
Vaccinating non-patients
*Ages 12+

*3rd dose may be available for those who are immunocompromised
Clinic Hours:
M-F 7AM-6PM
Tribal Health
925 Bevins Ct.
Lakeport
Driving Directionslinks to external site

Lake County Tribal Healthlinks to external site

(707) 263-8382
Appointment required
Current patients only

 

Vaccine Clinic Locations flyer (English) / Vaccine Clinic Locations flyer (Spanish)

  • DO NOT come to a vaccine clinic if you do not have an appointment, unless the clinic accepts walk-ins.
  • You must bring your vaccine card to your 2nd Dose appointment.
  • It is important to schedule your 2nd Dose for the same vaccine you received as your 1st Dose.
  • It is important to schedule your 2nd Moderna Dose at least 28 days after your 1st Dose.
  • It is important to schedule your 2nd Pfizer Dose at least 21 days after your 1st Dose.
  • Most providers are requiring appointments be scheduled online.
  • 3rd/Additional doses are available in limited circumstances and have limited availability. Please check availability with your provider before your appointment.

Scheduling with MyTurn:

  • "Both Doses" will schedule both a 1st and 2nd Dose appointment. Do not select this if you have received your first dose.
  • "1st Dose" clinics are for your 1st Dose only. You will need to schedule your 2nd Dose appointment separately.
  • "2nd Dose" clinics are for your 2nd Dose only. You must receive the same vaccine as your 1st Dose. Do not select this if you have not had your 1st Dose.
  • Some clinics are limited to Lake county residents only.
  • Please check often as appointments open 48 hours in advance and cancellations occur frequently.
  • If the clinic you need is not available, MyTurn offers an option to notify you when it is available (applies to clinics listed in MyTurn only).
  • If you have difficulty scheduling online with MyTurn, please call the California COVID Hotline at 1-833-422-4255. Operators speak English and Spanish. Staff at this number do NOT have access to appointments not listed in MyTurn.

2nd Doses in MyTurn:

  • DO NOT schedule a 1st Dose or Both Doses appointment.
  • Call 211 or text "covid19" to 211-211 for COVID questions. *211 is not able to schedule vaccination appointments.
  • Vaccine information is available by visiting covid19.ca.gov/vaccines or calling California's COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-422-4255.
  • Local information is available by emailing [email protected] or calling 707-263-8174.
  • If you have difficulty scheduling online with MyTurn, please call the California COVID Hotline at 1-833-422-4255. Operators speak English and Spanish. Staff at this number do NOT have access to appointments not listed in MyTurn.
  • If you have difficulty scheduling online with providers not using MyTurn, please contact the provider directly.
  • Lake County Farmworkers can call 707-262-4162, 707-262-4153 or 707-262-4159, Monday - Friday, 9 - 5 for assistance. Staff speak English and Spanish. Staff at these numbers do NOT have access to appointments not listed in MyTurn.
  • Not finding the clinic or vaccine you need? Fill out a Vaccination Request Form.

Find vaccine allocation and doses administered by visiting California's Vaccines Dashboard.