COVID-19 Vaccines – General Info
Frequently Asked Questions
OLE Health is now vaccinating eligible patients and community members ages 6 months and older. Schedule your appointment here.
All community members ages 6 months and older are eligible. You do not have to be a current OLE Health patient.
Yes, unless your medical provider directs you otherwise. The vaccine will help protect you, your family, and our community from getting sick with COVID-19.
Yes. The vaccines were tested on tens of thousands of people in clinical trials. They have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
COVID-19 vaccines are free.
You might feel sore in your arm where you get the shot. You may feel fever, headache, or muscle aches for a day or two. Short-term side effects are usually a sign the vaccine is working. Serious side effects are very rare. If you have concerns, please talk to your medical provider.
Yes. People who have been previously infected can be infected again.
Currently, OLE Health is administering the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, or Moderna vaccines. After you have your vaccine, you will be given a card that shows the type of vaccine you received along with the date(s).
Both doses are needed for full protection from the virus for Moderna and Pfizer. You should get your second dose at the same place you received your first dose. Second doses of Moderna vaccine are typically administered 28 days after the first dose. Second doses of Pfizer vaccine are typically administered 21 days after the first dose.
Yes. Some people have been getting “breakthrough” COVID-19. However, vaccinated people are more likely to have mild cases or not have any symptoms at all. Vaccination and boosters make it much less likely you will be hospitalized or die from COVID-19.
Yes. It is recommended that you continue to:
- Wear a mask. A surgical, KN95, or N95 mask is recommended as cloth masks are less effective at preventing the spread of more contagious variants.
- Practice social distancing
- Avoid gatherings and crowds
- Wash your hands often
The CDC recommends boosters everyone eligible get a booster specifically formulated for the omicron variant, also know as a bivalent booster. When to get a booster and which booster to get depend on age.
- Children 5-11 are eligible for a Pfizer monovalent booster if it has been 5 months or more since completing the two-dose primary series.
- Individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer bivalent booster 2 months after completing a primary vaccine series or receiving a monovalent booster.
- Individuals 18 and older are eligible to receive the Moderna bivalent booster 2 months after completing a primary vaccine series or receiving a monovalent booster.
For more information, visit the CDC page on booster shots.
On your vaccine card, there is a column for Product Name/Manufacturer. The name of the vaccine manufacturer will be written in that box.
Boosters are available for children 5-11 years old five months after your second two-dose vaccine. Boosters are available for those 12 and older 2 months after completing a primary vaccine series or receiving a monovalent booster.
Boosters are available for eligible individuals by appointment only at OLE Health. You can also find other locations and booster resources by visiting myturn.ca.gov
Yes, COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, is free.
Reported side effects are like those you may have had after your first or second shot. You might feel sore in your arm where you get the shot. You may also feel fever, headache, or muscle aches for a day or two. Short-term side effects are usually a sign the vaccine is working. Serious side effects are very rare. If you have concerns, please contact your medical provider.
A booster is an extra smaller dose of the vaccine given to maintain protection from infection over time. A third shot is an extra full dose of the vaccine that is given to people whose immune system may be weaker than normal because of cancer or other issues.
The original COVID-19 vaccine and booster were formulated to work on the original variant of the virus. The new, bivalent boosters are formulated to work on the original variant of the virus and the omicron variant, which has become the dominant strain. The hope is that this increases protection against the dominant strain of the virus.
It is recommended that anyone eligible receive the new, bivalent booster shot.
At this time, there is no recommendation to get a second, bivalent booster. However, the recommendations could change depending on future variants or changes with the virus transmission.