Return Health COVID-19 Vaccine
CDPH strongly recommends that all persons eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine receive them at the first opportunity. COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA have been shown to be safe and effective. Current vaccines are approved for individuals 16 years and older. Three vaccines are currently available, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson, which have shown strong efficacy against getting sick with COVID-19, and 100% effectiveness for severe illness requiring hospitalization or death. Vaccine trials for children are currently underway.
Vaccines help our immune system fight infections in the future. COVID-19 vaccines will protect us from the virus that causes COVID-19 without having to get the illness. It typically takes a few weeks after the last dose in a series to become fully protected. On the days after taking the vaccine, you may have a sore arm, aches, fatigue or fever, but these are not harmful. These symptoms signal that your immune system is developing protection against the virus.
On January 5, Governor Newsom announced the next priority groups for vaccine distribution, which includes educators in the Group 1B Tier One group. School districts, such as SCUSD, that operate Immunization Clinics through the Vaccine for Children (VFC) program are able to provide COVID-19 vaccine. SCUSD is committed to working closely with SCPH to provide access to COVID-19 vaccine to all educators, education support staff and students. SCUSD hosted a series of vaccination clinics in partnership with Dignity Health and University of California Davis, prioritizing staff currently physically reporting to work and interacting with students or staff on a regular basis.