COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe, Effective and FREE

COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe, Effective and FREE

There’s no charge for the vaccine if you get it at Natividad or one of Monterey County’s vaccine clinics or pharmacies.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

GETTING VACCINATED

Eligibility

People who are age 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated now.

How to Get Vaccinated

Make an appointment or find a walk-in clinic near you. There are many free clinics available in Monterey County.

Online: mcvaccinate.com or myturn.ca.gov

Call: 211 or (833) 422-4255

Clinics locations and times vary. Most pharmacies, take walk-in appointments, but appointments are encouraged to avoid waiting times.

Bring an ID (ages 18+) or a Parent/Legal Guardian (ages 12-17)

The vaccine provider will need to verify your identity. Please bring a form of identification to your appointment that shows your name. This does not need to be a government issued ID or photo ID, but must match the name on your appointment. If you don’t have the proof of identity, you may be asked to sign a form confirming your identity. If you have confirmation of your appointment, please bring it as well.

The consent of a parent or legal guardian is needed for those between the ages of 12 and 17 to receive a vaccination.

Insurance

You do not need insurance to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are no cost to you. If you get your vaccine at Natividad, we won’t request insurance information.

Some clinics and pharmacies will bill your insurance provider or the appropriate federal department. Please bring your insurance card(s) to your appointment if you have one. If you don’t have insurance, you’ll be asked to input a valid driver’s license/state ID number or Social Security number. If you don’t have this info, that’s ok. You will still be given the vaccine at no cost and won’t be required to provide additional information.

After Your Vaccination

Once vaccinated, plan to stay 15 to 30 minutes in a supervised area to be monitored for any side effects. If you think you will need food or water while you wait for your vaccination, please bring snacks with you. There are no food and beverage services at the vaccination sites.

Second Dose Clinics

Be sure to bring your vaccine record card to your second appointment. The Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose 21 days after the first. The Moderna vaccine is 28 days after the first. You should get an email a week before the second clinic. If you do not have an email address and got your first vaccine at Natividad, please contact (831) 755-4111 to schedule your second appointment.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one dose.

Immigration Status

No one will ask you about your immigration status. You do not need to show proof of citizenship or residency.

Privacy

Your privacy matters to us. California law strictly limits how personal information about those who are vaccinated can be shared. California negotiated with the federal government to limit the required data sharing to only information that will not allow an individual to be identified. Your information is only used by the state for public health purposes and will be handled securely and with care.

Transportation

If you need transportation to a vaccine clinic or need a home health appointment because you are unable to leave the home due to limited mobility, please check the box on myturn.ca.gov or let the person making your appointment know. Someone will call you to help schedule transportation or home appointment.

MST is offering a free day bus pass to those who receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Present the pass at any customer service window locations (Salinas Transit Center, Marina Transit Exchange, Monterey Transit Plaza) to be eligible to receive a free Day Pass to use at any time. Passes are available for each dose received.

Language Access

Natividad always has bilingual nurses at clinics available to answer your questions. If you or a loved one speak a language other than Spanish or English, interpreter services are available.

THE COVID-19 VACCINES

Provided by the doctors at Natividad Medical Center. Updated May 24, 2021.

COVID-19 vaccines are very safe. Every study, every phase, and every trial was reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a safety board. Vaccines were studied in tens of thousands of people to ensure safety, and hundreds of millions have safely received the shot since December. They were tested in many races, ethnicities, ages and those with chronic medical conditions.

Everyone 12 and older can get the vaccine. Safety studies are being done on kids 6 months and older now. Once those studies are reviewed and authorized by the FDA, vaccines will be available to younger children. We encourage you to talk with your family doctor or pediatrician if you have any questions about the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccines are effective. The vaccines are very effective at preventing COVID-19 and decreasing the severity of illness. They are also extremely effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

The COVID-19 vaccines won’t make you sick, but you may get side effects. You will not get COVID-19 from the vaccine. None of the current COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

After vaccination, you may have some side effects. You may have stronger side effects after the second dose. These are normal signs that your body is building immunity. Many people have no side effects. You may experience mild side effects for up to a few days, including:

  • Sore arm (most)
  • Muscle aches (some)
  • Headaches (some)
  • Fatigue/tiredness (some)
  • Joint aches (rare)
  • Fever (rare)

In very rare instances with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, serious blood clots have occurred, mostly in women under 50. Other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen. Visit natividad.com/covid-19 for more information.

Even if you are low risk for severe complications, you should still get vaccinated. You can still get the disease and spread it to others, so it’s important to get vaccinated. Every case is different, and even those who seem healthy can get very sick from COVID-19.

Some people may still catch COVID-19 even if I’ve been vaccinated. For those who do, the illness will likely be much milder than if they were not vaccinated. The vaccines prevent the disease in most people and drastically reduce severe illness that can result in hospitalizations and death.

The vaccines do not treat COVID-19. Vaccines are not a treatment. They prevent and/or reduce the severity of the disease.

You can get vaccinated if you’re pregnant. Pregnancy puts women at higher risk of severe COVID-19, but there is limited data about the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people. The World Health Organization (WHO) notes there is no reason to believe there will be a specific risk for pregnant patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Natividad recommend that pregnant patients who are part of a recommended priority group should consult with their health care provider.

You can get the vaccine if you have a history of allergies. Allergic reactions to the vaccines are very rare. If a patient has a history of a severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or its components, they cannot receive the vaccine and should alert their provider. People with a history of severe allergic reactions to other medications or causes should alert their provider but can still be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines don’t contain egg.

The vaccines do not change or interact with DNA in any way. Vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. It never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. All COVID-19 vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease.

If you’ve already had COVID-19, you can get vaccinated. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, the vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had a COVID-19 infection. You can get vaccinated after you’ve fully recovered and at least 10 days after the start of your symptoms. If you’ve been hospitalized with COVID-19, be sure to check with your doctor first.

Vaccines do not contain microchips. When people talk about technology used in making vaccines, they are talking about the science of developing the vaccine. Microchips and other tracking devices are never used in vaccines.

If you are concerned about unknown long-term health effects, vaccines are the best way to avoid the virus. Getting vaccinated teaches your body how to fight the virus, which prevents you from getting sick or reduces sickness severity if exposed to COVID-19. The vaccine trains your immune system to create proteins to fight disease, known as antibodies, without making you sick. It is unable to make copies of itself and goes away quickly. In contrast, if you get sick from the actual virus, your body reacts in a much more extreme way. The virus can make unlimited copies of genetic material that goes throughout your body and can stay there a week or more. Getting sick with COVID-19 also makes your immune system go into overdrive, which can cause collateral damage such as fever, loss of smell and taste, cough, trouble breathing, permanent organ damage, long COVID after recovery or death.