Tribal/AIAN Toolkit

Supporting California's Tribal and Native American Communities.

Safe. Effective. Free.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and 100% free for everyone 12 and up in California. Young people aged 12 to 15 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer 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.

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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?

Tribal and Native communities have been one of the most impacted communities by COVID-19. The three COVID-19 vaccines have been reviewed and approved by tribal public health experts and tribal epidemiologist as a safe and effective way to protect community, culture, and traditions by protecting our loved ones. All of the vaccines are effective at preventing severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death from the virus and stops the spread to our communities.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) it has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents who are 12 and above and said the vaccination is available at IHS facilities with an ample supply of the Pfizer vaccine and are working with IHS Area Offices and tribal, federal, and urban sites to distribute the vaccine. The IHS views this next wave of vaccinations as important so that Native Youth can return to social activities.

Families looking to make vaccination appointments for their 12+ children can contact a local California Rural Tribal Health Program or California Urban Indian Health Programs.

For additional vaccine appointment options, visit, call the COVID-19 Hotline at (833) 422-4255, or talk to your family’s pediatrician or healthcare provider.

Let’s protect tribal elders and Native Youth to get to immunity for the safety of California’s tribal and Native communities.


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

  • Hospitalization due to COVID-19 drastically decreases

  • COVID-19 cases will go down so ceremonies and community events can start again

  • We can hug all of our relatives

Learn why tribal leaders, community members, and tribal public health care experts recommend getting vaccinated.

Getting Vaccinated As A Family

Getting Vaccinated As A Family
Getting Vaccinated As A Family
Addressing Hesitancy
Addressing Hesitancy


Leading tribal epidemiologists, tribal public health officials, and Native medical experts in both the U.S. and California confirm the vaccines are safe and effective.

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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.

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To make vaccination appointments at tribal facilities contact a local California Rural Tribal Health Program or California Urban Indian Health Programs.

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Find more vaccine appointments near you

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

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

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


You can also check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacy


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

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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.

All COVID-19 vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect tribal elders, Native Youth, community, and California tribal and native culture from the COVID-19 pandemic. The three vaccines currently available, are each authorized by the FDA, CDC, and tribal public health experts.


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:

  • California lifted the temporary pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Visit the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup report to learn more.

  • The pause on the J&J vaccine was out of an abundance of caution to allow FDA and CDC to review data.

  • IHS has three vaccine safety monitoring systems in place. To date, there have been no reported cases of the rare and severe type of blood clot seen in some individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine.

  • For up-to-date information and fact sheets, click here.

Hear why Dore Bietz, tribal member of the Tuolumne Band of Me- Wuk Indians, chose to get vaccinated.

Dore Bietz (Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians) explains why it getting the COVID-19 vaccine right for you and your family. Produced by the California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc.


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

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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 severe symptoms, hospitalization, or death from COVID-19.


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.


The vaccine is free for all Californians 12 and up.

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Still have questions?

Everyone deserves answers.

To make vaccination appointments at tribal facilities contact a local California Rural Tribal Health Program or California Urban Indian Health Programs. For a full list of California’s Tribal Health Centers visit the California Area Indian Health Service page.

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.

It can be tough to know what to trust when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine. The Vaccinate ALL 58 team is dedicated to collecting mis- and disinformation. Report any rumors you might see online or posted in your community about the vaccine to