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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The CDC has determined that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials, and millions of people in the United States have already received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. 

Both the CDC and the California Department of Public Health strongly recommend that all people eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines receive them at the first opportunity. You can learn more about COVID-19 vaccines here.

KIPP Northern California strongly encourages all eligible students, staff, and family members to get the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. 

Vaccine Clinics

Vaccine clinics are being held in your community. Contact your doctor or visit MyTurn.ca.gov to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Find vaccine clinics in your county

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Frequently Asked Questions 


Will students be required to get the vaccine?

Al students in grades 7 through 12 will be required to show proof of vaccination for COVID in order to attend school in person in California next school year.

KIPP strongly encourages all students and families to get vaccinated and boosted. 

Are students required to get the booster?

Boosters are authorized for only people 12 years of age and older. There has not been any news about FDA approval for boosters for children 5-11 years of age. 


The CDC has issued updated guidance for who can get a second booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • People 50 and older
  • People 12 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised
  • People 18 to 49 who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and first booster dose
How does the vaccine work?

A vaccine is intended to give you protection against an infectious disease. Instead of contracting the disease and getting sick, the vaccine works with your body’s natural defense systems to build immunity to the disease, so if you do encounter the COVID virus, your body will already have the immunity tools to fight against serious illness.

The Moderna, Pfizer, J&J COVID-19 vaccines are all currently approved for use and consist of two doses delivered by injection. They do not contain a live virus and cannot give you COVID-19.

Is the vaccine safe? How do we know?
  • The same process was followed to test these vaccines compared to other common vaccines. Though priority was given for the COVID vaccine, no shortcuts were taken with regard to safety monitoring and testing compared to other vaccines, including full trials with groups representative of the country’s population.
  • Based on the trials and continued collection of safety data, researchers, scientists, and public health experts have determined that these vaccines are safe and are proven to help avoid serious illness.

Are there side effects?

After getting vaccinated, most people do not experience any serious side effects.  You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection.

  • Adverse side effects are on par with the flu shot and other routine vaccines
  • The most common effect is a sore arm
  • Some people have experienced temporary fever, chills, tiredness, or headache, which generally resolve within a day or two.
  • Very rarely there can be allergic reactions, which is true with any vaccine. That’s why you will be asked before receiving the vaccine about potential allergies and which is why you have to wait at least 15 minutes before you leave the vaccination site.

Children have shown to have the same mild side effects to the vaccine and booster.

Visit our COVID Prevention Plan & Community Resources pages for more information and support.