Getting the COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important things each of us can do to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yolo County’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution is underway. Healthy Davis Together is working in partnership with the Yolo County Public Health Department, CommuniCare, and UC Davis Health to support the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines when vaccines are available. These partnership efforts include Healthy Davis Together mobile units administering vaccinations in Yolo County, supporting county vaccine education and outreach efforts, and launching a vaccine clinic with CommuniCare at City Hall in West Sacramento that is opening in March.
As we wait for widespread vaccination, getting tested for COVID-19 once or twice a week, wearing face masks, staying 6 feet apart, and washing our hands are important steps to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our community healthy. Free salvia-based COVID-19 testing is available through Healthy Davis Together to anyone who lives or works in Davis, and their immediate household. Sign up for a free COVID-19 test here. If you are a UC Davis student or employee, you can sign up for free COVID-19 testing through Campus Ready.
The COVID-19 vaccination can’t cause COVID-19. The goal of the vaccines is to teach our immune systems how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
People are advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. This is due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible.
At this time, we do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on how well it works.
While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications. The COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you without having to get the disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
The goal is for everyone to be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available. That is why, early in the response, the federal government began investing in select vaccine manufacturers to help them increase their ability to quickly make and distribute a large amount of COVID-19 vaccine. Several thousand vaccination providers will be available, including doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, county locations and federally qualified health centers.
Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
Together, the COVID-19 vaccination and health measures will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.