About the COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration for emergency use and is being administered according to guidelines from the Alameda Department of Public Health.

The COVID-19 vaccine helps people avoid getting COVID-19 disease. While the vaccine prevents most cases of COVID-19 there is a possibility you can still catch COVID-19 but your symptoms will be less severe than if you had not gotten the vaccine. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

The risk of serious problems from the vaccine is very low. Some people will have mild side effects that include a slight fever, muscle aches, and soreness. These side effects don’t last and can be treated.

Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Getting vaccinated as soon as you can will help protect you from the virus. It will also help protect your loved ones, especially those who are at increased risk like people with underlying health issues and those over 65 years old.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. The risk of serious problems from COVID-19 is much higher than the risk of serious problems from the vaccine. It is safer to get the vaccine than it is to catch COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccine is also one of the best ways to help stop the pandemic.

Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Everyone who is able to get the vaccine should get it as soon as possible. The more people who get vaccinated, the sooner we can stop the spread of the disease.

It is especially important for people who are at high risk to get vaccinated. This includes people who may be exposed to COVID-19 more often because of their jobs. It also includes people who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 if they catch it.

Some examples of people at high risk include:

  • Health care workers
  • Essential workers
  • People with certain health conditions
  • People older than 65 years old

People who had COVID-19, you may be able to catch it again. Getting the vaccine may provide extra protection.

For more information please go to our main Vaccine Information Page.