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COVID-19 vaccine key facts

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Sonoma County’s role in the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines is logistics and outreach, ensuring  vaccines are distributed equitably and efficiently. The county works with health care providers to ensure compliance with federal, state and county requirements and with community groups to broaden access to those at risk of the most serious health outcomes associated with COVID-19.    

Here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccination program and COVID-19 vaccines:

The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority

Vaccination is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older                    

Vaccines are widely available throughout Sonoma County

  • Vaccines are available from your health care provider, local health clinic and popup clinics throughout Sonoma County, visit our Vaccine Clinic page for more information.

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects

  • Side effects are a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like the flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but these symptoms should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.

Vaccines are available at no cost to you

  • Insurance, social security and citizenship are not required.

Available COVID-19 vaccines

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has FDA emergency use authorization for people ages 6 months to 15 years old and full approval for people ages 16 years and older.
  • The Moderna vaccine has FDA emergency use authorization for people ages 6 months to 17 years old and full approval for people ages 18 years and older.
  • The Novavax vaccine has FDA emergency use authorization for people ages 18 years and older.
  • The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine is recommended in some situations for people 18 years of age and older. Based on CDC and FDA guidance, use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is limited to people ages 18 years and older who cannot receive other COVID-19 vaccines due to medical reasons, have limited access to the other vaccines, or who elect to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because they would otherwise not receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Choosing your COVID-19 booster

Who should get a first booster? 

  • Everyone ages 5 years and older should get their first booster after completing their COVID-19 vaccine two-dose primary series. Learn when you should get your first booster by visiting the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters.

Who should get a second booster?