Teenagers: It's your turn!
If you are 12 or older, you can now get your COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine series, with two doses taken three weeks apart, can provide full protection two weeks after your second dose. Once you're fully protected, you don't have to quarantine if you're a close contact of a COVID case, as long as you don’t have symptoms. That's a big deal as we head toward graduation and other year-end activities.
Vaccine is available in many places you probably already visit often, including pharmacies and grocery stores. Make it a fun, safe summer!
What vaccine can you receive?
Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for ages 12-17. This vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart. If you are 18 or older, the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot provides full protection after two weeks.
Appointments are available days, nights and weekends. It's important to get both doses for full protection, and you should get vaccinated even if you have had COVID, because we don't know how long your immunity lasts or whether you'll be protected from variants.
A parent or guardian should attend the vaccination appointment with their child, but may be able to provide written consent if they are unable to attend in person. Each Shasta County vaccine provider will have their own consent process, so check with your provider. CDPH has issued Pfizer vaccine minor consent guidance.
Benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccination
COVID-19 vaccination helps keep you from getting COVID-19, and reduces the risk of hospitalization and death. Once you are vaccinated, you can start doing things you may have had to stop doing because of the pandemic, like gathering indoors with others or getting back to athletics with fewer restrictions.
Getting vaccinated builds protection for you and the people around you. We do not know how contracting COVID-19 will affect us, or our friends and family. Learn more about vaccine benefits here.
What happens after you get the vaccine?
You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects. When you're vaccinated, you'll be asked to share how you're feeling with the V-Safe After Vaccination Health Checker.
Still have questions?
That's normal and expected. Please talk with your doctor about vaccination, and you can visit our frequently asked questions page to learn more.
This video explains the Emergency Use Authorization process.