This is a rapidly evolving situation. Information is being updated as it becomes available.
Because COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines, you may have questions about what happens before, during, and after you are vaccinated. The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) is providing the public current information to ensure they are informed on the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Anyone in Fresno County over the age of 5 is now eligible to be vaccinated
Watch Anthony Bailey of KSEE24 detail his experience at our Gaston clinic!
“Her explanation of the process added to my comfort level,” Bailey said.
“The only thing I experienced out of the ordinary was a tender arm at the injection site,” Bailey said.
Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 vaccines, including their administration, are free. If you have health insurance, we will collect the information during registration. Any amount not covered by your plan is covered by the government. You will not be billed.
We offer Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines at all vaccination sites. We also offer boosters of all previously listed vaccines.
Sometimes. Typically they are mild and can include injection site pain, fatigue, muscle pain, and/or fever
The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to be effective, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose. Boosters are now recommended.
Pfizer-BioNTech: Two doses, 21 days apart
Moderna: Two doses, 28 days apart
Johnson & Johnson: Single dose
Getting the second dose of the vaccine will make it more effective. Your second dose appointment will be scheduled when you receive your first dose.
No. There is no mandatory vaccination requirement from either the state or federal government.
No. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines and do notchange or interact with your DNA in any way. The mRNA from a COVID-19vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is stored. Instead, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to the disease.
No. A vaccine will not cause you to test positive.
Yes. Please ensure your vaccination site has the brand you choose prior to arriving.
The first two vaccines available have shown 94-95% efficacy against a person
becoming ill with COVID-19 and being symptomatic. The Pfizer vaccine has
shown 95% efficacy against a person becoming ill with COVID-19 and being
No. The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain a “live” virus and cannot give you
COVID-19. If you feel ill after getting vaccinated, that is because the vaccine is
creating your body’s immune response against the virus that it will use in case
you get infected with COVID-19 in the future.
Yes. People previously ill with COVID can get re-infected.
Yes. Efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine in preventing the symptomatic disease were
noted to be only 52% after the first dose. Getting your second dose is very
Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not recommended for children:
Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is for ages 16 and above
After you get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, it takes your body about 7
days for the Pfizer vaccine and 14 days for the Moderna vaccine to build an
appropriate immune response.
Yes. Pregnant women have a higher risk for complications from the COVID-19
disease. There are no study results available yet on the safety of COVID-19
vaccines in pregnant women. However, experts believe that the vaccines are
unlikely to pose a risk to the woman or the fetus. Pregnant woman can talk with
their doctor about the risk of COVID-19 disease and how they might benefit from
Yes. It is important that we continue to follow the social distancing, masking, and
handwashing guidelines until majority are vaccinated and we know more about
immunity from the vaccines.