FAQ - COVID-19 Vaccines
Who is eligible to be vaccinated? (for example, in locations like the testing sites?)
At this time, Solano County is implementing Phase 1a – Tier 1 and 2 of the vaccine distribution rollout, which is aimed at health care workers of specific settings and staff/residents. If you are a healthcare worker, contact your employer. If you are a Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) resident or staff, contact your agency representative. Other professional cohorts like IHHS and Home Health caregivers should contact their primary care physicians. We will provide you with more information once this is available for the community; most likely, it will be opened to more community members in Spring/Summer 2021.

How will I know when and where to go?
If you are a healthcare worker, contact your employer.
If you are a Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) resident or staff, contact your agency representative.
For all others, your healthcare provider will provide you with additional information about availability when the specific phase and tier that you belong to is opened.

Check the website for updates. Public vaccination clinics will begin as more vaccine becomes available.

How do I know when to come back for the second dose of vaccine?
If you need help scheduling your vaccine appointment for your second shot, contact the location that set up your appointment for assistance. You will be given a CDC vaccine card with additional information including the follow up vaccination.

Will Solano have an online notification to get the vaccine?
Not yet but expect to have one on this page soon.

Why should I get vaccinated?
Vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. It protects you and others by reducing infection and the spread of COVID-19. Together, the vaccine and other public health measures (like wearing a face covering and social distancing) will offer the best protection from COVID-19, reducing further spread so businesses and schools can fully reopen and we can return to a more normal way of life.

Are the vaccines safe and effective?
Vaccines have a long history of safety and effectiveness. While infrastructure to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines is being scaled up as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. To date, tens of thousands of people have received these vaccines in carefully documented trials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an independent group of experts that reviews all the safety data as it comes in and provides regular safety updates. The State of California also conducts its own review of the vaccines’ clinical data to ensure they’re safe to use. The CDC, Food and Drug Administration and healthcare providers will continue safety monitoring as more people are vaccinated to learn about any additional vaccine side effects.

How does the vaccine work?
The vaccines do not contain live viruses that could cause infection, are rapidly broken down by the human body after injection and do not interact with or affect with a person's DNA. The vaccines use messenger RNA to teach the body's own cells to produce antibodies to protect itself from COVID-19. Both vaccines require two doses over a three- to four-week period.

What are the side effects?
Common side effects include pain and swelling on the injection site and fever, chills, tiredness and headache throughout the rest of the body. These side effects are normal signs that the body is building protections. These side effects may affect the ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Both Pfizer and Moderna have created fact sheets that include common side effects and other information you should know:

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

What happens if I miss or am late for the second dose of the series? 
If you miss your second dose appointment, you should reschedule as soon as possible. Both doses are needed for full protection. A single dose conveys a lower degree of protection from the virus than two doses. There is no reason to schedule a third dose if the second is received late.

Can I take my dose early if I have a scheduling conflict?
The CDC indicates that it is safe to administer vaccines up to four days early. Anything beyond that should be considered an error and reported (to your healthcare provider or directly to the Vaccine Adverse Event  Reporting System).

What if I get infected with COVID-19 after the first dose of vaccine but before the second one? Will I need to wait and retake the first dose or just get the second?
There is no need to retake the first dose. Wait for 10 days after last symptoms and then take the second dose of vaccine on your previously scheduled date, or any time after the second dose date IF the second dose date falls before the isolation period has ended.

Once individuals have received the 2nd dose, do they still need to quarantine for 10 days if exposed to a COVID positive case?
Yes. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build protection against the virus following vaccination. Also, while there is strong evidence that the vaccine protects most people against symptomatic COVID-19, we do not know for sure whether the vaccine prevents transmission of the virus. For these reasons, it is still very important for those who have received the vaccine to watch for symptoms and adhere to all quarantine protocols.