Welcoming the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine is an important part of caring for yourself and your community and DAP Health and Borrego Health are making it easier than ever to receive the vaccine.
That’s why we’re sharing information about healthcare services like the COVID-19 vaccines that are quick, free, easy to get, and that play a crucial role in keeping you and those around you safe.
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Caregiver & Community Testimonials
Feedback from caregivers, family, friends, and neighbors is helpful in making healthcare choices, and it’s no different with vaccines. Here’s what members of your community are saying about COVID-19 vaccines.
“I work in healthcare and get exposed to illnesses all the time. I decided to get a COVID-19 vaccine so that if I get the virus, I will get less sick.”
Centro Medico El Cajon
“The COVID-19 vaccine is really important to me. Working around it I’ve witnessed a lot of people get really sick – people lost their jobs, lost their family members. For me, it was a priority to get the vaccine to make sure I didn’t put those around me, who are in critical condition, at risk.”
Centro Medico El Cajon
“The COVID-19 vaccine protects the patient from severe complications of a COVID-19 infection. Sometimes people may still catch COVID-19 after getting the vaccine, but almost always those infections are mild with very few symptoms.”
Centro Medico El Cajon
- COVID-19 Vaccine Quick-Facts, Local Resources & More
- Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
- Vaccine Myths & Facts
- COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination Locations
COVID-19 Vaccine Quick-Facts, Local Resources & More
There are currently two approved vaccines in the US, updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in all age groups. Both help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccine has been found to be safe and effective at protecting people from serious illness, hospitalization and death.
The CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect against COVID-19 and its potentially severe complications.
- Everyone aged 6 years and older should get 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be up to date.
- People aged 65 years and older may get a 2nd dose of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
- Children aged 6 months–5 years may need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be up to date, including at least 1 dose of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, depending on the number of doses they’ve previously received and their age.
- COVID-19 vaccine recommendations will be updated as needed.
- Hundreds of millions of people have now safely received a COVID-19 vaccine and the CDC continues to perform the most intensive safety monitoring in US history.
- COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards.
- Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offer protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.
- The COVID-19 vaccine has been found to be safe and effective at protecting people from serious illness, hospitalization and death.
- The COVID-19 mortality rate has been greatly reduced with vaccination and severity of the disease has been found to be less in those who are vaccinated if they do get COVID-19.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials before authorizing the use of any vaccine.
- The CDC’s Advisor Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews all safety data before recommending any COVID-19 vaccine for use in the U.S. population.
- Side effects are usually mild, temporary and similar to those experienced from other vaccines.
- The vaccines themselves will not give you COVID-19.
- Common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines include pain or swelling on the arm where you receive the shot and some people have reported mild fever, chills, tiredness and headache. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week.
- These side effects are a sign that your immune system is working well by building up protection against the disease.
Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
When you get vaccinated, you significantly lower your risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. The vaccines also help reduce your chance of suffering the effects of Long COVID.
It is important to remember that people of all ages can get infected with COVID-19, and the vaccine is the safest and most reliable protection against severe illness for everyone. It also offers added protection to people who have already had the illness, including protection against being hospitalized from a new infection.
Protect your health and the health of those around you by staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
Vaccine Myths & Facts
Let’s debunk the myths circulating around the COVID-19 vaccine.
When it comes to your health, access to accurate information is a top priority. Review common myths surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and clear up confusion with reliable facts that will help protect you and your loved ones from the virus.
Call (760)-323-2118 to make an appointment or speak with a medical professional. Translators are available.
The vaccine will give you COVID-19.
Authorized mRNA vaccines in the United States do not contain the SARS-Co-2 virus, so you cannot and will not get COVID-19 from getting vaccinated. Like other vaccines, it teaches our immune system to produce proteins that help your body fight off the virus. This protein does not create any sort of infection. However, when it comes to vaccines, it is normal to feel symptoms such as body aches or fever – this means your immune system is working and building protection against the virus.
The vaccine will affect fertility.
There is currently no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine will affect fertility or your likelihood of getting pregnant. Rather, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people (and their partners) who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or might be pregnant in the future should receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To learn more about COVID-19 and planning for your pregnancy, the CDC provides information on what you need to know.
The vaccine ingredients are dangerous.
Although vaccines vary by manufacturer, the COVID-19 vaccines are made with safe and reliable ingredients commonly found in food we eat and other vaccines – such as mRNA, fats (which protect the mRNA), proteins, and other normal vaccine ingredients. However, it does not contain any sort of fetal tissue, preservatives, metals, latex or manufactured products (microelectronics, electrodes, carbon nanotubes, etc.).
Read more on what ingredients are and are not found in the different vaccines available.
The vaccine was rushed and is not safe.
Because there was an urgent need, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave emergency use authorization to the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine. Like other vaccine developments, no steps were skipped in the development and approval process. For the FDA to give authorization, data must show that the vaccine is safe and effective – and studies have shown that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 95% effective and do not cause any serious or life-threatening side effects. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention shares breakthrough data and reports on the vaccines’ effectiveness.
I don’t need the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the most safe and dependable way to build immunity to the virus and can prevent you from suffering serious side effects. Studies show that people who’ve had COVID-19 and are not vaccinated are 2x more likely to get COVID again, compared to those who are vaccinated. It is proven that the vaccine helps protect your immune system by creating an antibody response without causing illness or severe symptoms. The vaccine also protects those around you who may be at a higher risk from COVID-19.
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Centers
Coachella Valley, Riverside and San Diego County COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations
If you or a loved one are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or have been exposed to someone who is known to have COVID-19, please call (760)-323-2118 for further assistance with testing. Translators are available.
To make an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination or booster, please call (760)-323-2118 or fill out the contact form below.
* Vaccinations will be offered depending on eligibility and supply availability.
Getting your vaccine is quick and easy.
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