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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. Anyone ages 5 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine at no-cost. If you have had COVID-19 more than 90 days ago, you are recommended to get the vaccine. Kern Family Health Care members can get up to $50 in gift cards mailed to you when you get the COVID-19 vaccine!

Good News! The Pfizer vaccine is fully approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for people ages 16 and older.

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

Currently, everyone ages 5 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Where can I go to get the vaccine?

You can call KFHC at 1.800.391.2000, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and we will help schedule an appointment for you. We can also tell you where you can get the vaccine as a walk-in.

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 myturn.ca.gov or by calling 1.833.422.4255 (M-F 8am - 8pm, Sa-Su 8am – 5pm).

What should I expect when I get the vaccine?

  1. You will get a card that tells you the name of the vaccine, the date, and where you got it along with a printout about the vaccine.
  2. If needed, you will be told when to come back for the second dose. You will not be fully protected until 2 weeks after your second dose.
  3. You may need to keep wearing a mask, follow social distance guidelines and wash your hands.
  4. You may have side effects such as pain and swelling on your skin where you got the vaccine. You may also feel tired, get chills, have a fever or headache. These side effects should go away after a day.

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, GET On-Demand, rideshare, and mileage reimbursement to and from your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment. Just 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. You can schedule an appointment with My Turn at myturn.ca.gov or by calling 1.833.422.4255, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Talk to a Doctor about the vaccine

Please talk to your doctor if you have questions about the vaccine. You can also call KFHC at 1.800.391.2000, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and ask to talk to a doctor at no cost over the phone.

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.

Get vaccinated, get rewarded

KFHC Members can get up to $50 in gift cards for being vaccinated!

Your gift cards will be mailed after KFHC confirms you have received the vaccine through the California Immunization Registry.

  • If you get the vaccine that calls for two doses, you will get a $25 gift card after we confirm each vaccine.
  • If you get the vaccine that calls for one dose, you will get a $50 gift card after we confirm the vaccine.
  • Only COVID vaccines received on or after September 1, 2021 will get a gift card from KFHC. We ask that you be patient during this process.

Take advantage of this chance to receive a gift card, while protecting yourself against this deadly virus. Thank you for helping us beat the pandemic!

COVID-19 Vaccines & pregnancy

Talk with your doctor if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines or other vaccines. Research is ongoing on these and other COVID-19 topics.

Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy?

Check with your doctor and ask if the vaccine will work for you. Many pregnant women have already received the COVID-19 vaccines. Data from the CDC’s Vaccination Health Checker and current trials do not show safety concerns.

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am breastfeeding?

Yes. There are no known risks for getting a COVID-19 vaccine when breastfeeding. Your vaccine may protect your baby from COVID-19. Share any concerns you have with your doctor.

Can I get a COVID-19 Vaccine if I am trying to get pregnant?

Most women can get the COVID-19 vaccine when trying to get pregnant. Confirm with your doctor if this is an option for you.

What if I had the first dose of the vaccine and I find out I’m pregnant?

Some COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. If you find out you’re pregnant after the first dose, you could still get the second dose. Your doctor can help you decide what is best for you.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines?

Yes. Most people don’t have to wait to get other vaccines after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Check with your doctor if you have any concerns.

COVID-19 Vaccine boosters

Everyone ages 18 and older can get the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster if:

  • 6 months have passed since your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna
  • 2 months have passed since your Johnson & Johnson dose

What are the risks of getting a booster shot?

COVID-19 booster shots are safe. Most side effects (fever, headache, fatigue) are similar to those after getting an initial COVID-19 vaccine and are temporary.