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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Availability & Vaccination Schedule

Salinas Valley Medical Clinic is currently providing the COVID-19 vaccine to all Monterey County residents who are eligible. If you are eligible for the vaccine, you can go to myturn.ca.gov to register and make an appointment.

Date: Friday
Vaccine being provided: Pfizer, to 12 years and older
Location: SVMC COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, 611 Abbott St, Salinas CA 93901

Make an appointment

Please contact our COVID-19 Helpdesk line if you need assistance: 831-771-3885

If you have specific immunization questions, you can call the Monterey County Health Department’s COVID-19 call center at 831-769-8700.

SVMHS COVID-19 Hotline 831-755-0793

Top 3 Benefits of Getting Vaccinated

  1. COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19
  2. COVID-19 vaccination is a safe way to help build protection
  3. COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic

Common Questions

Will I still need to wear a mask after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. How much protection the COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions is still unknown. It is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, including:

Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following safety recommendations for how 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 COVID-19 vaccines provide before we change recommendations on mask use.

How much will the vaccine cost?
Vaccines purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost.
Read more at DMHC’s Know Your Health Care Rights.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory?
No, there is no mandatory vaccination requirement from either the state or federal government.

Are the vaccines safe?
Yes. There have been no reported serious safety concerns from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines so far, and the CDC and the FDA will continue to monitor people who have received the vaccine to ensure that there is no evidence of even rare safety issues. The safety of vaccines is reviewed by panels of independent experts retained by the companies, by FDA scientific staff, and by an independent panel of experts convened by the FDA. In addition, the state of California has collaborated with other western states to convene an additional scientific panel to independently review all the data before distributing any vaccine to California residents; this panel has also approved its use in the states involved. The risks from contracting the virus are greater than the possible risks from receiving the vaccine.

I have allergies, should I get the vaccine?
It depends. CDC recommends that:

  • If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get that specific vaccine.
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injections, you should ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People with a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injections may still get vaccinated. People may get vaccinated even with a:
    • History of allergies to oral medications
    • Family history of severe allergic reactions
    • Milder allergy to vaccines
  • If you have a severe allergic reaction after getting the first shot, you should not get the second shot.

You can also read our recent blog post for more answers to your vaccine questions by clicking the button below.

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