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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Now that there is a vaccine that will prevent you from getting COVID-19, everyone should get the vaccine as soon as you are eligible to get it. If you have had COVID-19 more than 90 days ago, you are recommended to get the vaccine. As a Medi-Cal beneficiary you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no-cost to you.

Good News! The Pfizer vaccine is fully FDA-approved for people 16 and older.

How do I know if I am eligible to get the vaccine?

Currently, everyone ages 12 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Where can I go to get the vaccine?

The Kern County Public Health Services Department has a tool on their website that shows you where you can go to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here and be ready to put in your address. A list will show you information for sites near you that are providing the vaccine. The list includes the phone number to that site. The vaccine supply and where you can get it may change so please call the provider’s office to be sure they still have it and to make your appointment.

You can also schedule an appointment with MyTurn online at or by calling 1.833.422.4255 (M-F 8am - 8pm, Sa-Su 8am – 5pm).

What should I expect when I get the vaccine?

First, some of the COVID-19 vaccines are given to you in two doses. When you receive the first dose, you will be told when to return for your second dose at 3-4 weeks later. If you do not get the second dose, you may not be protected from the virus. You will also get a vaccination card that tells you what vaccine you were given. You may have side effects after the first shot. If you do, you should still get the second shot unless your vaccination provider or doctor tells you otherwise.

Click here to find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine and its safety.

Will I have to pay for the vaccine?

NO. There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please do not pay if someone tries to charge you. Only get the vaccine from a trusted health care provider. If someone asks you to pay, call Kern Family Health Care (KFHC) right away at 1.800.391.2000 and let us know.

DO NOT GET SCAMMED! Always get your health care from a provider you trust. If you have any questions or concerns about where you are going to get the vaccine, or to report an issue, call KFHC during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and a Member Services Representative will help you.

What if I need a ride to get my vaccine?

We have you covered! Your transportation benefit covers round trip, non-medical transportation such as bus passes, On-Demand, rideshare, and mileage reimbursement to and from your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment. You can call 1.800.391.2000 and select option 3 to request transportation. For more information about the transportation benefit, please click here.

What if I am homebound?

Please call the Kern County Public Health Services Department at 661.321.3000. There is a homebound program available by request.

Doctors recommend getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

“I was lucky to receive my COVID-19 vaccine and I encourage all Kern Family Health Care members to do the same to help protect you from getting COVID-19. The vaccines were carefully studied and found to be safe and effective according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).”

Dr. Martha Tasinga, a Board-Certified Family Practice Physician with Master's Degrees in both Public Health and Business Administration, is the Chief Medical Officer at KFHC. She has served multiple health care organizations throughout Southern California and she’s committed to ensuring KFHC members receive medical services of the highest quality.

Myths and facts about the vaccine

There are some common myths and rumors that are going around, and we want you to know the facts. We have a short list of common concerns and myths below. If you hear a rumor that causes you to be concerned about the COVID-19 vaccine, or any health care treatment, you should find out the truth from a trusted source.

Myth: I already had COVID-19 so I don’t need the vaccine.

Fact: You can catch COVID-19 more than once so the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you get the COVID-19 vaccine even if you had COVID-19.

Myth: When I get the COVID-19 vaccine I won’t have to wear a mask or socially distance.

Fact: The CDC recommends that we follow the same rules for wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing our hands even after we have had the COVID-19 vaccine. It is unknown how long the vaccine will protect you from the virus.

Myth: I will test positive for COVID-19 after I get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact: You can’t get the COVID-19 virus from the COVID-19 vaccine because Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson do not use the virus to create the vaccine.

Myth: My safety was sacrificed for a speedy developed vaccine.

Fact: Research about other coronaviruses gave science a head start on the vaccine. Clinical trials, logistical planning and other steps to keep you safe happened at the same time, instead of one after another.

Myths & Facts: Resource sheet (English,Spanish)

For more facts about the COVID-19 vaccine click here to go to the CDC website.