COVID-19 vaccine information is evolving rapidly. This page provides emerging information and may change rapidly. Please check this page often for updates. To view the entire CDC page with the most up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, visit theCDC's COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.
Parent/Guardian Consent for Minor Patients seeking a COVID vaccination. Please complete the COVID Vaccination Consent Form and bring it with you to your vaccination appointment for patients under the age of 18.
COVID-19 Vaccinations are available through various pharmacies, health care providers, and at mobile vaccination events. Those interested in scheduling an appointment to get their COVID vaccine these locations can register for an appointment on the statewide COVID Vaccination platform, My Turn at: https://myturn.ca.gov/. For those without internet access can call 1-888-422-4255 to make an appointment.
COVID Booster Vaccinations
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is now recommending a third dose booster for the COVID-19 vaccine no sooner than 28 days after individuals complete their vaccine series, for individuals who are immunocompromised and received Pfizer or Moderna for first/second doses. Those who qualify as immunocompromised, as identified by the CDC, are as follows:
Are receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
Whenever possible, mRNA COVID-19 vaccination doses (including the primary series and an additional dose) should be completed at least two weeks before initiation or resumption of immunosuppressive therapies, but timing of COVID-19 vaccination should take into consideration current or planned immunosuppressive therapies and optimization of both the patient’s medical condition and response to vaccine.
Talk to you provider about when to take the any immunosuppressive medication after receiving the vaccine.
It is important, when possible, to get the additional dose of the same type of COVID-19 vaccine as the first & second dose. You can verify what you received through the digital vaccine record; and can obtain this verification from: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/. Please work with your care provider to determine if you are eligible for the third dose, and schedule an appointment. In the event your provider is not offering the vaccine you received initially please visit MyTurn.Ca.Gov. Tulare County vaccine events will require individuals to attest that they are immunocompromised and are eligible as described above.
At this time, an additional dose is not recommended for those who received Johnson & Johnson. It continues to be important for all individuals to take precautions against COVID-19 such as masking, distancing and avoiding groups and crowds. For frequently asked questions on boosters please visit CDPH for the most current information at:https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/ThirdVaccineDoseQandA.aspx
Lost Your COVID Vaccination Card? How to Obtain Your COVID-19 Vaccination Record
When you are needing a new verification of vaccination, here is what you need to know. California Department of Public Health has developed a system to obtain a copy of your vaccination record.