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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Who is currently being vaccinated?

Please refer to the Vaccinate Kern website for the most up to date Vaccine Schedule information on tiers currently eligible for vaccination.

Is the hospital vaccinating the wider community?

Please continue to check the RRH COVID-19 Vaccine website for information and updates on when the vaccine will become available to the wider community and information on booking appointments.

How much will it cost me to get vaccinated ?

There will be no cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine doses are purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with the COVID-19 virus

No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for more information.

After getting the COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test

No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.​ Visit the CDC website for more information.

Should I still get the vaccine if I've already had COVID-19?

The CDC recommends being vaccinated even if an individual has had COVID in the past. COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. You should not be required to have an antibody test before you are vaccinated. However, anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.

Additionally, current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Therefore, people with a recent infection may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period if desired.

For more information visit the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ section.

Will the vaccine protect me against the new variant B.1.1.7 COVID-19 strain?

Researchers believe current COVID-19 vaccines will likely protect against B.1.1.7, but more data is needed. The virus would "likely need to accumulate multiple mutations in the spike protein to evade immunity induced by vaccines or by natural infection," according to the CDC.

Can I expect to experience side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination. For more information visit the CDC website advice on "What to expect after getting the COVID-19 vaccine".

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