COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) are working to administer the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to employees and incarcerated individuals in alignment with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines. COVID-19 vaccinations are available at no cost to all CDCR and CCHCS employees and incarcerated individuals.
How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?
COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been carefully evaluated in clinical trials for their ability to protect us from COVID-19.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and have been carefully evaluated in several rounds of clinical trials. The research is clear: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. Vaccinated persons who do become infected with the virus that cause COVID-19 are much less likely to become seriously ill, to be hospitalized, or to die from the illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) track any adverse reactions patients may have. While very few patients have had an allergic reaction to any of the vaccines, vaccine providers monitor patients for at least 15 minutes following their immunization to quickly respond in the rare event of an adverse reaction.
Can my family member get vaccinated at my workplace?
No. Vaccine clinics held at institutions and CDCR/CCHCS locations are for current staff only. The COVID-19 vaccine is free at health clinics and pharmacies in the community, or through an individual’s personal health care provider. Visit myturn.ca.gov for details.