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 staff and family members to get the COVID-19 vaccination once available.
Have more questions about the COVID vaccines? Doctors, nurses and community health workers have answers for you online at Greater Than Covid.
How does the vaccine work?
A vaccine is intended to give you protection against an infectious disease. Instead of contracting the disease from the community and potentially getting sick, a vaccine works with your body’s natural defense systems to safely develop immunity to the disease, so when you do encounter the virus that causes the disease, you will already have immunity to that virus.
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.
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?
Every adult is eligible to take the vaccine. However, at this time, only Pfizer is FDA approved for children ages 12+.
Where can I get a vaccine?
Visit any of theses website or call your doctor to schedule a vaccine appointment.
Will students be required to get the vaccine?
At this time, KIPP Northern California is currently not requiring students to receive the vaccine to participate in on-campus learning but we strongly encourage students 12+ to get vaccinated. We have not yet determined the extent to which it will be required in the future, and it will largely depend on state law.
Is the vaccine safe? How do we know?
- The same process was followed to test these vaccines compared to other common vaccines. 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 resulting safety data, researchers, scientists, and public health experts have a high degree of confidence that these vaccines are generally safe.
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.