Updated January 13, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine information is evolving rapidly as planning for mass vaccinations is underway. 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 the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.

Healthcare Providers seeking information on how they can help distribute COVID-19 Vaccine visit: COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Health Care Providers



Interested in getting the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Fill out the Tulare County COVID Vaccine Interest Form to sign up for updates on vaccine availability and notifications on when and where you can get vaccinated. Fill out the interest form today at: https://arcg.is/0KKez4

The COVID-19 vaccine is in very limited supply, however your submissions will assist Tulare County Public Health plan for distribution as vaccine supply increases.


COVID-19 Vaccine and Distribution in Tulare County

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A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccine safety is a top priority. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how the federal government is working to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

California is planning to distribute and administer vaccines as quickly as possible. Vaccination of priority groups in Phase 1A will continue through January and February. COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be available for the general public in the Spring of 2021. This timeline will be adjusted as the Public Health Department learns more.

Initially vaccine supply will be very limited. California is making sure that these supplies are distributed and administered equitably. At first, vaccines will be provided to healthcare workers and long-term care residents in accordance with the CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A.

County Seeks Volunteers to Assist with COVID Vaccine Rollout

Tulare County HHSA is seeking volunteers to assist in the rollout and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The County is calling on residents with medical experience as well as anyone willing and able to assist in the massive vaccination effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t have clinical experience or medical training? No problem. The County is also seeking community volunteers to assist in the massive vaccination effort, such as interpreters, computer data entry, and other support roles.

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Qualify to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine in Phase 1A?

Register to get vaccinated at: COVID-19 Vaccine - Phase 1A Registration


Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine distribution on the California COVID-19 Response website. For Frequently Asked Questions for COVID-19 Vaccination, visit the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs webpage.


Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Below is a summary of the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination based on what we currently know. 


COVID-19 Vaccination Benefits 

  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.

  • Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.


Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine  

  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you. 

  • Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). 

  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. Experts do not know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.

  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

What to Expect at your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

  • You should receive a fact sheet that tells you more about the vaccine that you are getting.

  • You should receive a vaccination card or print out that tells you which vaccine you received, the date you received, and where you received it.

  • If this is your first shot, you should be told what date you need to come back to get your second shot.  Both shots are needed to be protected.

  • You should receive information regarding V-safe, a free, smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide free, personalized health check-ins after you receive your vaccination.  It will also remind you to get your second dose.

  • Some people may experience mild side effects.  This is an indication that your immune system is responding to the vaccine.  You should still get your second dose unless your vaccination provider or doctor tells you otherwise.

Been vaccinated?  Enroll in CDC’s After Vaccination Health Checker: V-safe.  V-safe is a free, smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide free, personalized health check-ins after you receive your vaccination.

Want a free text reminder for your second dose?  Use VaxText!  Text ENROLL to 1-833-VaxText (829-8398).  VaxText will send a text reminder for your second dose.  Available in English and Spanish.


Stopping the Pandemic 

  • Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce exposure to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.

  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.