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Please note the Imperial County Public Health Department will be closed to all walk-in services for the public. Department staff will be available to provide assistance by phone to members of the community who have questions related to any of the Department’s essential services.

Phone assistance will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The office will be closed for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. This shall remain in effect until further notice.

COVID-19 Vaccine

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At first, the limited supplies of vaccines will go to frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. As the supply of vaccine increases, those with the highest risk of becoming infected and spreading COVID-19 will receive vaccines. Residents of long-term care facilities will receive vaccine from pharmacies.

Starting the week of January 18th, vaccines will be offered to individuals 65 years of age and older as a result of the Governor’s announcement on January 13th. Information on where individuals 65 years and older can get vaccine will be shared soon. We ask for your patience as the processes for offering vaccine are finalized.

It is important for the public to know that vaccine information is constantly being updated and the vaccine distribution process is very fluid at this time. Although supplies are limited, Imperial County officials continue receiving COVID vaccines for its vaccination program.

The FDA established rigorous standards for COVID-19 clinical trials and top health experts evaluate the scientific data to determine the safety and effectiveness of all vaccines. California’s Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, composed of nationally recognized immunization, public health, academic and other subject matter experts, including local health officials, provide a second-level review of all scientific and safety data prior to distribution in California.

Most of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States need two doses several weeks apart to be effective.

Second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should be administered as close to the recommended period as possible. For Pfizer that is 21 days, and for Moderna that is 28 days. However, the 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. Even if the second dose is late individuals will still get the same benefit once they receive it. You will be contacted by the healthcare provider from which you received your first dose when it’s your turn to get your second dose. Time frame may vary depending on vaccine availability.

Cost will not be a barrier to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. If you get your vaccine from a healthcare provider, you will need to consult with them regarding any related fees to your insurance provider.

The vaccine is only for individuals 12 years and older.

Local health departments, hospitals, federally qualified health centers, community clinics, medical providers and pharmacies will be eligible to enroll to receive vaccine from the State

Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like wearing masks, washing hands and physical distancing.

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before.

While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or they may even die. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups. COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP

COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal for the vaccine is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the

virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

It will take some time before the vaccine is available to everyone, and while experts learn more about the protection vaccines provide, it’s important to keep using all the tools available to us to help stop the pandemic. This includes wearing masks, washing hands, staying 6 feet apart