COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Medi-Cal Members
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe.
Continue to follow safety measures to avoid getting or spreading the virus.
Wear a mask.
Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose to protect yourself and other people. Masks should be worn by everyone who is 2 years and older.
Wash your hands.
Prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands often. Use hand sanitizer when you don't have access to soap and water.
Maintain social distancing and follow stay-at-home orders for your region.
Stay six feet apart from people to stop the spread of COVID-19. Make sure to keep up to date with the guidelines in your area, which includes restrictions on public services and spaces.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with anyone who may be sick.
Call your Primary Care Provider (PCP) if you are having COVID-19 symptoms. If you have questions about the vaccine, visit your county public health department's website. You can also call the hotline number for your county.
Hotline number: 831-454-4242 (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Hotline number: 831-769-8700 (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Hotline number: 209-381-1200 (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
To learn more about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Protect yourself: avoid COVID-19 vaccine scams.
Here are signs of potential scams:
- If you get a call, text, email — or someone at your door — stating they can get you early access to the vaccine.
- If someone asks you to pay money for the vaccine or to be added to a list to get the vaccine early.
Never share your personal health information or your Social Security Number, credit card number or bank account information with unknown individuals.
Remember, Medi-Cal members will receive COVID-19 vaccines at no cost and you will not be asked to pay to receive the vaccine early or to be added to a list.
If you believe you have been a victim of a COVID-19 scam, please report it online to the Federal Trade Commission.
You can also call the hotline for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General at 800- HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).
Know the Truth About COVID-19 Vaccines
You might be hearing rumors about the COVID-19 vaccine, and you may have questions. It is important to get vaccine information from reliable sources. These include:
- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- your county’s public health department (Santa Cruz | Monterey | Merced).
- your primary care provider (PCP).
Seven Facts to Know About the Vaccine
- Getting a vaccine will not give you COVID-19.
None of the vaccines contain the live virus. This means they cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
- The COVID-19 vaccines do not have severe side effects in most people.
Many people experience mild to moderate signs that their body is building protection after getting a vaccine. These can include muscle aches, tiredness, headache, fever or soreness where you got the injection. Side effects often last for a day or two. But since any new medication can cause an allergic reaction in a small number of people, you will be asked to stay for observation for a short period after you’ve received the shot.
- When you get the vaccine, you will not be asked for information about your immigration status.
The vaccine is available to the public regardless of immigration status.
- You should get vaccinated even if you’ve had COVID-19.
Research shows that the consequences of COVID-19 can be severe. Even if you’ve recovered from having COVID-19, there is not enough information to know if you are protected from getting it again. Get the vaccine even if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past.
- COVID-19 vaccines do not make people infertile.
None of the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility. There is also no evidence that getting the vaccine can cause women to miscarry. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The COVID-19 vaccine will not change your DNA.
The COVID-19 vaccines are designed to give your body instructions to fight the coronavirus. There is no way the vaccine can change the DNA of your cells.
- You should still practice safety measures after you’ve been vaccinated.
The vaccine can prevent you from getting sick. However, there is not enough information to know whether you can still carry and give the virus to others. You should continue to cover your mouth and nose with a mask in public. Stay at least six feet away from people who don’t live with you, avoid crowds and wash your hands often.