Teachers, childcare workers, and support staff members in the education sector will be offered COVID-19 vaccine as part of the state of California’s Phase 1B, Tier 1. Like other counties, the County of Santa Clara follows the required sequence for vaccination laid out by the federal government and state. Currently, the state has authorized vaccination of individuals in all three tiers of Phase 1A. When the state allows vaccination of people in Phase 1B, vaccine providers in Santa Clara County will do so. When they are eligible for vaccine, individuals who are patients of large health systems will be directed to obtain vaccination from those systems, including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Stanford, and El Camino Health.
When more information is available, we will share that information on the County’s website in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog.
What to expect after vaccination
How much protection COVID-19 vaccination provides under real-life conditions is still unknown. Even with a vaccine, you may still be able to spread COVID-19. It is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like:
Together, COVID-19 vaccination and taking steps to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. We need to understand more about the protection that vaccines provide before we change recommendations.
Side effects after vaccination are normal
After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building immunity. The most common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the shot. In addition, you may have fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. They may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting vaccinated.
If you have experienced a side effect after COVID-19 vaccination, you can report it to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) or V-safe (After Vaccination Health Checker).
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine
The vaccines do not contain coronavirus and cannot give you COVID-19. If the vaccine you got requires two shots, be sure to get both doses so it can work fully.
Limited quarantine exemption if you’re vaccinated
Vaccinated people who have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria, according to the CDC:
Are fully vaccinated (it’s been 2 weeks or more since getting the second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks or more since getting one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
Are within 3 months of getting the last dose in the series
Have had no symptoms since the exposure
People who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should quarantine. Follow current quarantine guidance.
Fully vaccinated people who do not need to quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should be evaluated for COVID-19, including coronavirus testing if indicated. In addition, vaccinated people should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including travel recommendations.
Testing for COVID-19 during vaccine rollout
It will take many months before enough people are fully vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, at this time, CDPH does not recommend changes to testing requirements for individuals, even those who have been fully vaccinated. As the science and evidence evolves, CDPH will issue updated guidance to reflect new information and data.
Get tested: If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested. This is true even after being vaccinated. Tests for COVID-19 work the same in vaccinated people as they do in unvaccinated people.
Testing keeps you, your family, and friends safe
There are usually no out-of-pocket costs to get tested at state testing sites.
Test results are usually returned in no more than two days.
See testing page or call (833) 422-4255 to find a test site near you
Discuss your symptoms with your healthcare provider
If your job requires it, you still need to get tested regularly, even if you had the vaccine