Getting Vaccinated

We understand how stressful it can be as you wait for a vaccine for yourself or your loved ones. You've likely learned that Brown & Toland providers do not have vaccine supplies and therefore are not yet administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients. COVID-19 vaccines are in extremely short supply and until your PCP can administer the vaccine, we are providing you with resources about your eligibility and how you can get vaccinated. This information will be frequently updated as details continue to evolve.

 

All Californians Age 16 and Older are Now Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine

Children under 16 will be eligible during a later phase. See details for future phases in California's vaccination plan

You can make your appointment directly through:

The California Department of Public Health site, MyTurn

Your county's vaccine website

Please click the links below for your county's most up-to-date vaccination guidelines and information.

One of the following pharmacies

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the current vaccines?

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both vaccines are administered as two doses given 3-4 weeks apart. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is approved for people ages 18 and over and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved for people ages 16 and over. More vaccines are in development.

Are the vaccines safe?

Both vaccines were found to be safe and effective in tens of thousands of adults who participated in clinical trials. Plus, before any vaccine can be administered in California, it must receive authorization from multiple levels of government, including the FDA and the California Department of Public Health.

Are there side-effects?

Most who receive the vaccine do not experience side effects, though a small fraction reported mild to severe side effects that can include aches and flu-like symptoms that typically last a day. These experiences are the result of your own immune system encountering the vaccine and mounting a potent response that will provide long-lasting immunity.

Am I protected as soon as I receive the vaccine?  Can I stop wearing a mask and physically distancing?

No. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will not provide their maximum protection against COVID-19 until at least a week after the second dose. However, because the coronavirus will remain a threat to public health for many months, and because no vaccine is 100 percent effective, you should continue to follow all public health guidance related to COVID-19, including wearing a mask, physically distancing, frequent hand washing, and avoiding all non-essential travel and gatherings.

Should people who have already had COVID-19 get the vaccine?

Yes, but you should wait until after you've fully recovered and should not receive the vaccine while you are actively infected. People who have had COVID-19 may develop some immunity against the coronavirus, but this immunity is highly variable and may not last long. The vaccine can help protect against COVID-19 re-infection.

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