Partner Toolkit

It’s okay to have questions.

Everyone deserves answers.

Safe. Effective. Free.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and 100% free for everyone 12 and up in California’s 58 counties. Young people aged 12 to 15 years old are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Learn more about why the vaccine is one of our most powerful tools to ending the pandemic.

Find out how to get vaccinated.

Choose from several ways to make your appointment.

Get started

Millions of Californians have already been vaccinated. Let’s make sure you have the information you need to be ready for yours.

Why get vaccinated?

Do it for yourself, your family, and your community. When you’re vaccinated against COVID-19, you protect yourself from a deadly disease. Vaccinate to stop the spread to your friends, your family, your elders, and the people who work hard to keep our communities safe and open.

Protection from COVID-19 is within reach for even more of our loved ones. Young people aged 12 to 15 years old are eligible to receive the vaccine. By getting our 12–to-15-year-olds vaccinated, families can feel even safer as we venture out more, visit grandma and grandpa, go on summer vacations, and get back to doing the things we love. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for those 12 and older, following clinical trials as well as FDA and CDC review. This is the same vaccine already safely administered to millions of California adults.

Families looking to make vaccination appointments for their 12+ children can visit MyTurn.ca.gov, call the COVID-19 Hotline at (833) 422-4255, or talk to your family’s pediatrician or healthcare provider.

Vaccination helps us get to community-wide protection (sometimes called herd immunity) much more quickly, saving millions of lives. When enough individuals become vaccinated, it adds up to protection for everyone.

Icon for alerting users about important information

Vaccination is one of the most important steps in ending the pandemic.

Each person that gets vaccinated brings us closer to a post-pandemic world.

More benefits of vaccination

  • Your chances of being hospitalized with COVID-19 become almost zero

  • COVID-19 cases will drop, and schools and businesses will safely reopen

  • We can all get back to the things we love

From nurses, teachers, and farmworkers to many more people in our communities, hear why Californians have gotten vaccinated.

Do the COVID vaccines protect against illness? Noha Aboelata, MD

Do the COVID vaccines protect against illness? Noha Aboelata, MD
Do the COVID vaccines protect against illness? Noha Aboelata, MD
Feel Good California
Feel Good California
Don’t I have immunity if I’ve had COVID?
Don’t I have immunity if I’ve had COVID?
Farmworker Testimonial
Farmworker Testimonial
Nurse Ashley
Nurse Ashley
Hello Black America with W. Kamau Bell & Black Health Care Workers
Hello Black America with W. Kamau Bell & Black Health Care Workers
Why I joined a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial - Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD & Stephaun Wallace PhD
Why I joined a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial - Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD & Stephaun Wallace PhD
Hmong Farmworker Testimonial
Hmong Farmworker Testimonial
Teacher Testimonial
Teacher Testimonial

FACT

Leading scientists and medical experts in both the U.S. and California confirm the vaccines are safe and effective.

See the evidence

Woman in car getting vaccination

How can I get vaccinated?

Choose any of these ways to get vaccinated. Due to the high demand and limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, appointments may take a few weeks to schedule. Appointments are being added regularly and continue to expand statewide.

Schedule an appointment

Use My Turn to sign up for a vaccine appointment or get notified when more appointments are available.

Schedule appointment

Find more vaccine appointments near you

If appointments with My Turn aren’t immediately available, use VaccineFinder to find more in your area.

Find more appointments
phone - alert icon

If you need help making an appointment, call (833) 422-4255

Icon for alerting users about important information

You can also check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacy

FACT

The vaccines do not interact with your DNA in any way.

See the evidence

People Waving

Are the vaccines safe?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines have gone through extensive clinical trials and the most intensive safety review in U.S. history. Technological advancements in science and an unprecedented amount of resources made the development of vaccines in under a year possible.

Before release, they were tested in tens of thousands of participants of different ages, races, genders, and ethnicities. Most people report no side effects, or only mild ones.

Icon for alerting users about important information

You cannot get COVID-19 from a vaccine.

How we know they’re safe

  • Millions of people in the United States have been safely vaccinated for COVID-19

  • Everyone who receives a vaccine is observed while on-site for side effects

  • Reported side effects have been mild, and are a normal sign that your body is building immunity

  • These vaccines were built on years of research -- no corners were cut in the process

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Update:

Hear why Dr. Burke Harris, California Surgeon General, chose to get vaccinated.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General, speaks about vaccine safety and her choice to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

FACT

Every vaccine now given in the United States and California helps prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

See the evidence

Are they effective?

Yes. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases that are already there, vaccines prevent them. The vaccines are highly effective at preventing you from getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Icon for alerting users about important information

Be sure to get all required doses of a vaccine.

For full protection, both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine require two shots, spaced a few weeks apart. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one shot.

Vaccine effectiveness

All three authorized vaccines have shown high efficacy against severe COVID-19. No vaccinated person died due to COVID-19 during studies of these three vaccines.

FACT

The vaccine is free for all Californians 12 and up.

Questions & Answers

Still have questions?

Everyone deserves answers.

Visit California’s COVID-19 Vaccines webpage or call the COVID-19 Hotline at (833) 422-4255.

Share resources for your community

Share more about COVID-19 vaccines and why they’re so important. Visit the Partner Toolkit page to find images and videos you can post on social media and use in communities across California.