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Joint letters to healthcare practitioners and partners from the CA-AAP, California Academy of Family Physicians, California Medical Association and CIC in partnership with the CDPH Immunization Branch:
Covid-19 Vaccine Questions
Whether you are searching for answers for yourself, or for a family member or friend, we want to help. There are so many resources out there and CIC is always searching for the resources that give you the information you need without overwhelming you with too much. See below for the websites we have reviewed that can give you a good start and will lead you to other resources for expertly reviewed and vetted information.
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Information and Resources on COVID-19 and COVID-19 Vaccines – Vaccinate Your Family:
It’s Up To You – COVID Vaccine – Questions and Answers – COVID Collaborative:
Vaccine Confidence Project:
Find Your Vaccine
Find Your Vaccine:
If you have not already been vaccinated – your turn is coming! Make a plan to be ready. Read up about eligibility, read through the Vaccine Fact Sheets (below) and check out possible locations. Vaccine supply is increasing every week and we want you to be informed and ready when it becomes available to you and your eligible family members or friends.
To locate a COVID-19 Vaccination in California go to MyTurn.CA.gov
Or go to VaccineFinder.org to search additional locations.
Vaccine Information Sheet:
If you have not already read the Information Sheet you received prior to vaccination – now is the time.
Here are copies of Fact Sheets for Patients and Caregivers for each authorized vaccine:
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
For more information:
- Ask the provider group / entity that administered your vaccine
- Visit CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Visit FDA at https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcmlegal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/emergency-use-authorization
- Contact your local public health department.
After you receive your vaccination – be sure to register for V-Safe , an ‘after vaccination’ health checker.
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you or your patients can quickly tell CDC if there have been any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on the answers, someone from CDC may call to check on and get more information. V-safe will also remind you or your patients to get the second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.
Note: V-safe cannot schedule vaccine appointments, including second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. If there is a need to schedule, reschedule, or cancel a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, contact the location that set up the appointment or a vaccine provider in your area. This may be your state or local health department, employer, or vaccine provider.
If you have experienced a side effect after COVID-19 vaccination, you can report it to:
Established in 1990, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines. VAERS is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS accepts and analyzes reports of adverse events (possible side effects) after a person has received a vaccination. Anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS. Healthcare professionals are required to report certain adverse events and vaccine manufacturers are required to report all adverse events that come to their attention.
VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences to CDC and FDA. VAERS is not designed to determine if a vaccine caused a health problem, but is especially useful for detecting unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse event reporting that might indicate a possible safety problem with a vaccine. This way, VAERS can provide CDC and FDA with valuable information that additional work and evaluation is necessary to further assess a possible safety concern. More about VAERS…
Want to do more?
You’ve already done an amazing thing getting vaccinated (and/ or helping someone else to be vaccinated), and if you want to be even more amazing, sign up to volunteer via MyTurnVolunteer .
Signing up on this website will get you on a list to be called upon for an event in your area. Volunteers are how we are going to help get everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible. Check out the site for more information.
Note – Vaccinations for volunteers may be possible, but are not guaranteed at any My Turn – Volunteer sites.
For more information in California:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- General Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease and prevention.
- CDC – Guidance Documents – an ongoing list of COVID-19 guidance documents for public health, health care professionals, community leaders, employers, educators, care providers, consumers, and more.
- CDC’s Vaccine Information for You & Your Family
Covid-19 Vaccines & Mandates - Dorit Reiss, Ph.D, LLB
One of our most valued CIC partners, Dorit Reiss, a Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings Law in San Francisco has created this educational video to discuss legal mandates relating to vaccines and what we could see happen in regards to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Other National Resources
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)
- Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) – COVID -19 The Latest: What You Need to Know Today
- National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) https://www.nfid.org/
- COVID Tracking Project – The COVID Tracking Project is a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing the data required to understand the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.
- Immunization Action Coalition COVID-19 – Resource Pages
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine facilitated a task force of experts who met over several months to develop a framework for equitable allocation of COVID-19 vaccine when available to the public:
Framework on Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine – an overarching framework for vaccine allocation to assist policymakers in the domestic and global health communities in planning for equitable allocation of vaccines against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The expectation is that this framework will inform the decisions by health authorities, including the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), as they create and implement national and/or local guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine allocation.