Vaccine Information

Adventist Health physicians recommend the COVID-19 vaccine. Research shows that the vaccination is safe and effective in protecting against the COVID-19 virus. The CDC has strengthened its recommendation on COVID-19 booster shots, telling all adults that they should get an additional dose amid concerns about the newly identified omicron variant. The CDC recently expanded eligibility for COVID-19 boosters to all adults 18 and older as well as to Pfizer recipients 16 and older. Please get your booster shot to protect yourself and your loved ones.

For more information regarding COVID-19 booster eligibility, please see the CDC's eligibility table here.

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In California, all hospital visitors must wear a well-fitting medical/surgical face mask upon entry and at all times within the facility and will be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms. Visitors will be required to provide proof of vaccination or documentation of a negative COVID test.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective

What can we do to protect ourselves from COVID-19 and the Omicron variant?

  • Get Vaccinated: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19. Individuals ages 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated and those over 18 are eligible for a booster at least 6 months after the primary series completion of Pfizer or Moderna (2 months after a single dose of J&J). Focusing on COVID-19 vaccination and booster efforts is the best defense against the virus and its variants.
  • Masking: Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status will help protect you and those around you from contracting the virus.
  • Regular Testing: Should you feel any symptoms, please get tested for COVID-19 immediately, even if you are fully vaccinated. COVID-19 symptoms can feel like a common cold, seasonal allergies, or the flu.
  • If you feel sick, stay at home.

What about side effects?

There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever or body aches. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. You cannot get COVID-19 from any of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States because they do not contain the actual virus that causes the disease.

While more serious side effects are possible, they are extremely rare. Severe allergic reactions occur in only two to five people out of every 1 million who get the vaccine. By contrast, the risk of dying if you contract COVID-19 is estimated to be between 500 to 90,000 out of 1 million depending on your age.

Learn more with COVID-19 frequently asked questions.