Stay safe during the holidays. Celebrate in ways that don’t spread COVID-19. If you want to meet with family indoors and without masks, get vaccinated now.

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Halloween and Día de los Muertos

You don’t have to “ghost” on tricks and treats this year. Take a few common-sense steps to ensure a happy holiday.

  • Choose outdoor events and celebrations
  • Avoid crowds
  • Gather in small groups to trick-or-treat
  • That gorilla mask is great, but won’t protect you from COVID. Wear a mask with good fit and filtration when around others. The best options are an N95, KN95, or surgical mask.
  • Bring hand sanitizer while trick-or-treating
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Consider placing your altar outside or near a window
  • Create a virtual altar
  • Visit a cemetery with a small group

Gathering safely

As you gather with friends and family, keep COVID-19 in mind. Take steps to prevent its spread.

  • Get vaccinated. It’s the best way to protect others.
  • Keep gatherings small
  • If everyone at an indoor gathering is fully vaccinated, masks are optional
  • If your guests are unvaccinated or you don’t know their status,  plan gatherings that are small, short, and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth:
    • When social distancing is not possible
    • When you might be around unvaccinated people, especially indoors
    • When around older individuals or people with medical conditions
  • When gathering inside, ventilate well. Open doors and windows, run HVAC systems, and install high-quality air filters.
  • Check local conditions. Your county may have stricter guidance than the state. Take extra precautions when local levels of virus transmission are high.
  • Activate CA Notify and ask your guests to do the same. CA Notify anonymously notifies individuals of a possible exposure.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Stay home if you are sick

Check your county for participating vaccination clinics, then click or call to arrange your vaccination.

Don’t wait – offer only good while supplies last.

Alameda County

Color Health

The Community Church, Greater St. Paul, and Friendship Christian Center locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

LifeLong Medical Care

San Pablo, Richmond, East Oakland, and West Berkeley locations only. 

Go to https://www.lifelongmedical.org/covid-vaccine.html or call 510-549-5454 for more information.

Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center

Ashland, Fire House Clinic, and Union City locations only. 

Go to https://tvhc.org/covid-19-vaccine/ for more information.

Contra Costa County

LifeLong Medical

Brookside and William Jenkins Health Center locations only. 

Go to https://www.lifelongmedical.org/covid-vaccine.html or call 510-549-5454 for more information.

Kern County

Clinica Sierra Vista

34th Street, Arvin, East Bakersfield, East Niles, 1st Street, Fraizer Mountain, Greenfield, Lamont, and South Bakersfield locations only. 

Go to https://www.clinicasierravista.org/vaccinations/ or call 661-635-3050 for more information.

Los Angeles County

Center For Family Health & Education

Panorama City location only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.cffhae.org/ for more information.

Chinatown Service Center

767 N. Hill Street location only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.cscla.org/ for more information.

Curative

Palmdale Oasis, Santa Clarita, and mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

JWCH Institute

S. San Pedro, Norwalk, Lynwood, Bellflower, Vermont, Southeast LA, Bell Gardens, Downey, Pasadena, and Lancaster locations only.

Go to http://jwchinstitute.org/ or call 866-733-5924 for more information.

Kaiser Permanente

Antelope Valley and Panorama City locations only.

Go to https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/vaccine-appointments or call 833-574-2273 for more information.

Priority Care Medical Group

El Monte and Long Beach locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.cffhae.org/ for more information.

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center

Vermont Ave., Compton, Compton College, Crenshaw, East LA Civic Center, Lincoln, Magnolia, Rolland Curtis, Washington, Avalon, Clinton, and Williams locations only.

Go to https://www.wellchild.org/covid-vaccine-appointments/ or call 877-612-8299 for more information.

Orange County

UCI Family Health

Anaheim and Santa Ana locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.ucihealth.org/covid-19 for more information.

Riverside County

Curative

Riverside City Sears, Lake Elsinore, Indio, Palm Springs, and mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Sacramento County

Elica Health

Arden Arcade, Franklin Boulevard, N. Highlands, Mack Road, Marysville, and Midtown locations only.

Go to https://www.elicahealth.org/ or call 916-454-2345 for more information.

Color Health

Antioch Progressive Church, Life Matters Logan Park, Life Matters Point Natomas, and Bethel Ministries locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

Curative

McClellan Park, Cal Expo, and mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

San Bernardino County

Color Health

Rialto Palm Ave, San Bernardino Depot, San Bernardino Downtown, Orange Way, and Chino locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

Curative

San Bernardino mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Dignity Health

St. Bernardine Health Center location only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.dignityhealth.org/socal/locations/stbernardinemedical for more information.

Kaiser Permanente

Fontana and Ontario locations only.

Go to https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/vaccine-appointments or call 833-574-2273 for more information.

San Joaquin County

Community Medical Centers

Channel, E. March Lane, and Manteca locations only.

Go to http://www.communitymedicalcenters.org/ or call 209-425-0007 for more information.

Solano County

Community Medical Centers

Dixon and Vacaville locations only.

Go to http://www.communitymedicalcenters.org/ or call 209-425-0007 for more information.

Tulare County

Color Health

Granite Hills High School, Whitendale Community Center, Terra Bella Veterans Memorial Building, Strathmore, Goshen Neighborhood Church, Lindsay Wellness Center, Exeter Veterans Memorial Building, and Tipton SPDES locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

Ventura County

Curative

Ventura mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Yolo County

Elica Health

Halyard location only.

Go to https://www.elicahealth.org/ or call 916-454-2345 for more information.

Yuba/Sutter Counties

Curative

Yuba/Sutter mobile van unit locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Terms and Conditions

PURPOSE: 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will conduct a series of randomized drawings for prizes to be awarded to vaccinated persons in order to reinforce the importance of vaccination as a way to protect public health in the face of a pandemic. The persons identified in the drawings will be able to claim a California Dream Vacations trip.

TERMS OF PROGRAM:

Drawings for the six (6) California Dream Vacations will take place on July 1, 2021. Six people will be drawn at random on that date. Drawing dates are subject to change. An eligible individual can win no more than 1 destination vacation package. CDPH reserves the right to terminate or extend this promotion at any time.

ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION: 

The persons eligible for the drawings will be limited to living persons, age 18 and older at the time of the drawing, who were not temporarily present in California[1] when they received a vaccine dose, and are identified in the State’s vaccine registry, as of the time of the drawing, as having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.[2] No action is needed by eligible persons to be included in the drawings. No purchase or payment of fees is necessary for participation. Immigration status is not a barrier to eligibility. Incarcerated persons are not eligible. Employees of CDPH, the California State Lottery, the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Government Operations Agency, Visit California, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and the Office of the Governor, and their immediate families, are not eligible. “Immediate family” means spouse and dependent children, consistent with California Government Code section 82029.  Note: Eligible persons below the age of 21 may not be able to redeem some portions of the California Dream Vacations is selected as a winner.

WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION:

  • CDPH will lead a process by which the State will randomly select provisional winners from eligible participants. To do so, CDPH will provide a list of random number identifiers representing each eligible participant – identifiers that can only be connected with persons’ identities by CDPH – to the California Lottery, which will conduct the random drawing using standard practices applicable to drawings that ensure randomness and integrity of the draw. The California Lottery will then transmit the selected numbers back to CPDH, which will identify and contact the selected persons.  Following confirmation from CDPH, CDPH will provide the winner with contact information which can then be used to contact Visit California to redeem their package. 
  • The names of award winners will not initially be announced due to state law concerning disclosure of immunization records. The names of award winners may subsequently be announced if consent is first received from the award winner. 
  • Winners will be given the opportunity to decline the prize or decline publicity associated with the prize. 
  • Accepting the prize will require giving consent to disclose the winner’s information from CDPH’s vaccine registry for purposes including, but not limited to, tax withholding/reporting.
  • If CDPH cannot immediately make contact via telephone with the persons selected in the drawing, CDPH will repeat efforts to contact the persons via telephone, text, email or other contact information associated with the person’s record in the State’s vaccine registry.  Contact attempts will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time.  CDPH’s efforts to contact persons selected in the drawing may end 96 hours after the first attempt at contacting the persons, after which time they may no longer be offered a prize and another person may be selected for the prize from the pool of eligible persons. The method of attempting to contact selected persons, using the contact information available, is within the sole discretion of CDPH and not subject to appeal or review.  
  • The timing and degree of efforts used to locate a winner or to deem a winner ineligible based upon the terms of the program shall be at the sole discretion of CDPH. 
  • The random drawing will also include selection of alternates in case selected persons decline the prizes, are ineligible for the prizes, or cannot be contacted, to ensure all prizes are awarded.

ODDS: 

The odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible persons identified in the State’s vaccine registry at the time of the drawing.  Publicly available data regarding the number of eligible persons may be found on the State’s COVID dashboard.

ADDITIONAL TERMS:

  • Prizes may be subject to taxation.
  • Portions of the California Dream Vacation prize packages may be non-transferable.  
  • Except as otherwise specified herein, prize winners who agree to the use of their names and/or likenesses for advertising and publicity purposes, do so without compensation.  
  • Proof of age, eligibility and identity must be furnished upon request.
  • Winners will receive the prize only upon completion of their second dose (when receiving a vaccine that requires that the person receive two doses to be fully vaccinated).
  • Awarding of prizes will be made through Visit California. 
  • Awarding of prizes is contingent on the completion of any necessary and appropriate paperwork to facilitate awarding of any prize. 
  • CDPH has the right to modify or end the Vax for the Win program at any time.
  • To accept and receive a prize, participants must agree to release and hold harmless CDPH, Visit California, and their employees, agents and officers from any claim, demand, judgement, award and/or any liability of any kind related to this Vaccine Incentive Public Health Program.

In the event of a conflict, these official rules supersede any applicable general rules or advertisements of the Vax for the Win program.

[1] The determination of whether a person was temporarily present in California shall be at the sole discretion of CDPH and not subject to review or appeal.

[2] Some persons who have received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in California may not be identified in the State’s vaccine registry.  If CDPH is unable to obtain vaccination status information about such individuals from other governmental agencies holding such information prior to the drawings, such individuals will not be eligible for drawings.  CDPH makes no commitment or promise that such information will be obtained from other governmental agencies prior to the drawings. 

Vax for the Win

California’s vaccine incentive program

Get vaccinated, get rewarded

Did you get vaccinated between May 27 and July 18? You are still eligible to collect your $50 incentive card!

Free tickets to Six Flags are also available at select locations. Don’t wait any longer!

Trouble getting or redeeming your code? Call 1-833-993-3873.

$50 cards

Tickets to Six Flags

$50 cards - “You Call the Shot California”

If you got your first vaccination between May 27 and July 18, you are still eligible to get a $50 card! Choose between a $50 virtual cash card, Kroger card, or Albertsons card.

You’re eligible to receive a $50 card if you:

  • Live in California,
  • Are age 12 or older,
  • And started your vaccination between May 27 and July 18.

To get your $50 card, just:

  • Get your code (via email or text within 7-10 days)
  • Redeem and pick your reward (within 90 days)

If you did not receive a code within 14 days of your final vaccination, call 833-993-3873.

See Terms and Conditions.

Illustration of a $50 incentive card and what you could get with it: groceries, vegetables, and cash

Tickets to Six Flags

Do you miss amusement parks? Select vaccination sites are giving away tickets to any Six Flags park in California while supplies last!

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain is the undisputed Thrill Capital of the World, with more coasters than anywhere on the planet.
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is the Thrill Capital of Northern California, featuring a unique combination of animal attractions, thrilling rides, exciting shows, and wildlife presentations.
  • Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles and Hurricane Harbor Concord offer thrilling waterpark fun for the entire family.

Just get your first vaccine dose at a participating clinic, and you’ll get a ticket.

But don’t wait. Each clinic has a limited supply!

Ready for some fun?

Illustration of a man on a rollercoaster

Questions and answers

For rules, eligibility, and more details, see Terms and Conditions.

$50 cards - "You Call the Shot California"

How long will the incentive cards last? When will the program run out?

Cards were only available for the first 2 million eligible individuals who started their vaccination process between May 27 and July 18.

If I got my first dose before the incentive card program started, then get my second dose after it started, am I eligible?

No, you were not eligible to receive an incentive card. But you were eligible for the other cash and vacation prizes. The purpose of the card program was to motivate unvaccinated Californians to get vaccinated.

Can I get the $50 incentive card if I completed my vaccination before the program started?

No. The incentive card program was intended to motivate the remaining Californians to get vaccinated. However, fully vaccinated Californians were eligible for other cash and vacation prizes.

How do I get my redemption code?

If you started your vaccination between May 27 and July 18, you’ll get a redemption code by text or email within 7-10 days after your last vaccination. For those receiving a two-dose series, your $50 card will be set aside until your completed second dose.

  • If you do not have a mobile phone or email address, then 7-10 days after your vaccination, you can call 1-833-993-3873 to receive a physical card.
  • If you don’t have a permanent address, then 7-10 days after your vaccination, call 1-833-993-3873 to coordinate delivery of your $50 card.

How long after redeeming the incentive card does it take to receive it?

It takes up to five business days to receive the incentive card. If you have not received your card after five business days, call 1-833-993-3873.

How will people prove they’ve had both doses? What if someone tries to cheat with a fake vaccine card?

COVID-19 vaccines are tracked in California immunization records. Incentive cards and other cash prizes will be awarded based on those records.

What if I got vaccinated, but did not receive my code?

If you do not receive a code after 14 days, call 1-833-993-3873.

Is there a choice of incentive cards?

Yes, there are three choices:

  1. Virtual Mastercard®: Not an ATM card so it cannot be cashed out. It can be redeemed online where Debit Mastercard® is accepted. This is a virtual incentive card and can be added to a phone mobile wallet.
  2. Kroger: Good at Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Foods Co. We recommend printing the card, as not all grocery stores can scan it on a phone. (Note: Some Food 4 Less stores in Northern California and the Central Coast do not accept this card as payment. Check this list of participating Kroger locations.)
  3. Albertsons: Good at Safeway, Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, and Andronico's Community Markets. We recommend printing the card, as not all grocery stores can scan it on a phone.

Available while supplies last. If you are younger than 18, you will need to have a parent or guardian complete the card selection process for you, unless you are an emancipated minor.

Does my redemption code ever expire?

Yes. You must use the redemption code within 90 days to claim your card. Once claimed, the Virtual Mastercard® expires after 12 months. The grocery cards never expire.

All drawings and incentives

What did I need to do to enter the drawings?

You just had to get vaccinated in California for COVID-19 before winners were drawn. No entry form was needed; you were automatically entered in the drawing based on California immunization records once your vaccinator provided the state vaccination registry with your information. Vaccinations counted whether you got the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You must be living in California to win. Winner gets the prize after they complete their vaccination series.

How do I book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?

You can schedule appointments or find walk-in clinics at myturn.ca.gov. You can also use other websites or hotlines provided by the CDC or local health departments. Appointments can also be made by calling the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255.

What if I get vaccinated outside of California’s My Turn system?

You do not need to vaccinate through My Turn to be eligible. You are still eligible if your vaccination site is in California and reports doses given to the state.

What if I opted to not share my data with the Immunization Information Systems (IIS)?

The data is still reported to the state, so you would still be eligible for the incentive and other cash prizes.

How were winners notified?

The state protects your privacy, and has taken steps to protect Californians against scams. The winners were notified by officials from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) through official "State of CA CDPH" caller ID, text, CDPH email address, or in person by CDPH district staff. Only CDPH knows the identity of the person associated with the random number that has been drawn. For more information, see the Terms and Conditions.

Winners were not asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility for the cash prize. Any fraudulent activities or misinformation should be reported to rumors@cdph.ca.gov or 1-833-993-3873. Individuals can use this email address or phone number to report any concerns about the authenticity of any contact they have received related to cash prizes.

Did you make public the names of winners?

At the time of the drawing, no names were announced. Winners can decline the prize, or decline publicity associated with the prize.

Does a person need to be a U.S. citizen to win?

No. Eligibility was not determined by immigration status. Those eligible to win must only meet the following criteria:

  • Live in California,
  • Are aged 12 and older,
  • And received at least a first dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.

Who was not eligible?

You were not eligible if you are:

  • An employee of certain government agencies or their immediate family member, 
  • Incarcerated,
  • Live outside of California, or
  • Got vaccinated outside of California. 

Prize money will be paid after the winner completes their vaccination series.

I got a call about Vax for the Win that seemed fraudulent. What should I do?

Winners were notified by the California Department of Public Health and were not be asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility for the cash prize.

Any fraudulent activities or misinformation can be reported to rumors@cdph.ca.gov or 1-833-993-3873. Individuals should also use this email address or phone number to report any concerns about the authenticity of any contact they have received related to cash prizes.

Is personal health information shared through these vaccine incentive programs?

No, Californians' personal health information is not shared by these programs. The Lottery will assist the programs, but will not receive personally-identifiable information. All entries will be anonymous to them.

The names of winners won't be disclosed without their consent. However, the county of the winner could be announced. The state will ensure the drawings are fair, honest, legal, and protective of personal information.

Who pays for this program?

This program is being paid for by the State of California.

$1.5 million grand prizes and $50,000 Fridays

How will the prize money be paid?

All prize money is subject to taxation and will be paid by the State Controller’s Office. The prize money will also be subject to any back taxes, child support payments, or liens owed by the winner.

Dream Vacations

How will the Dream Vacations be disbursed?

After a winner accepted the Dream Vacation, their name and contact information was provided to the organizer of that trip. The organizer served as the travel liaison for the winner. The organizer contacted the winner within five business days of them accepting the prize to provide details on redeeming the Dream Vacation. 

The organizing companies are:

Is there a choice of Dream Vacations?

No, one winner was chosen for each of six trips:

  • San Francisco (4 people for 5 nights)
  • Greater Palm Springs (2 people for 2 nights)
  • Anaheim/Orange County (4 people for 6 nights)
  • Los Angeles (4 people for 3 nights)
  • San Diego Beach (4 people for 5 nights)
  • San Diego Downtown (4 people for 5 nights)

Do the Dream Vacations expire?

Yes. 

The Anaheim/Orange County Dream Vacation and the San Diego Dream Vacations must be used by May 31, 2022. 

The San Francisco, Greater Palm Springs and Los Angeles Dream Vacations must be used by June 15, 2022.

Are the Dream Vacations taxable?

Yes.

Tickets to Six Flags

How many free tickets are available and who is eligible? 

Six Flags is donating 50,000 free tickets to any Californian who receives their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at participating providers starting June 16, while supplies last.

Which parks are eligible?

The tickets will be eligible at any of the four Six Flags parks in California - Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord.

How will I receive my ticket?

Paper tickets will be provided at the provider’s location at the time of vaccination.

Which providers are distributing tickets and how can I get an appointment?

There are 65 vaccination brick-and-mortar locations and a number of vaccination pop-up sites which will be giving away the tickets through 14 provider organizations. The organizations distributing tickets are the Center for Family Health and Education, the Chinatown Service Center, Clinica Sierra Vista, Community Medical Centers, Elica Health Centers, the JWCH Institute, Lifelong Health, UCI Family Health, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Centers, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers. Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Curative, and Color Health will also be distributing tickets in select locations. The counties covered by the site service areas include Alameda, Contra Costa, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Solano, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba. See the full list of participating locations.

When did participating providers begin distributing tickets?

Participating providers began distributing tickets to newly-vaccinated people beginning on Wednesday, June 16th following the announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom.

What are the terms and conditions of the tickets? 

Tickets are valid until September 6th at any of the four Six Flags parks in California - Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord. Tickets are non-transferrable and not available for resale. Any attempt to resell tickets will result in a deactivation of the ticket.

California has no travel restrictions or requirements at this time. Help keep California open and our communities healthy by following CDC travel guidelines.

Current travel recommendations

Whether your travel is domestic or international, follow CDC travel guidelines for testing, masking, and quarantine:

  • Delay travel until you’re fully vaccinated
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, but choose to travel, get tested before and after
  • No matter your vaccination status, wear a mask indoors while on public transportation or in a transportation hub
  • Wearing a mask outdoors while traveling is no longer required, but still recommended for unvaccinated individuals

Read more at CDPH’s travel flyer.

Cruise ships

If you’re planning travel on a cruise ship, get vaccinated. The state is recommending that 95% of crew and passengers on cruise ships be vaccinated before docking at ports in California.

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Get vaccinated – it’s safe, effective, and free. Vaccination is the most important tool to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How to get vaccinated:

My Turn

Check myturn.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255 to book an appointment or find a walk-in site near you. Third or booster shots are available for those eligible.

Vaccines.gov

Use the CDC’s Vaccines.gov to book an appointment or find a walk-in site near you.

You can also check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacy.


Who can get vaccinated

Any Californian aged 12 and up can get vaccinated, for free. 

Your insurance or immigration status does not matter. No one will ask about your immigration status when you get vaccinated.

Vaccinations for kids

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by the FDA for kids aged 12 and up. It was found to be safe and effective in protecting children as young as 12 in clinical trials.


How COVID-19 vaccines work

Illustration of a women getting a bandage on her arm after vaccination

Vaccines are highly effective against severe COVID-19. No fully-vaccinated person died due to COVID-19 during clinical trials of the three authorized vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity against the virus. That means it is possible you could still get COVID-19 just after vaccination. 

What we know

  • Vaccinations can prevent nearly all COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths. Post-vaccination cases are extremely rare.
  • Vaccinations reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective against variants of the virus currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant.
  • People with weakened immune systems, including those who take immunosuppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.

What we’re still learning

  • How long COVID-19 vaccine protection lasts.

Once you’re vaccinated

When you’re fully vaccinated, you can return to activities you did before the pandemic. But stay aware of public health recommendations that still apply to you.

Read CDPH’s Get the Facts on Vaccines.


Side effects

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some mild side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building immunity. More serious side effects rarely happen.

Mild side effects

Common mild side effects include: 

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling where you got the shot
  • Feeling tired, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, or nausea

Side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.

Rare but serious side effects

Blood clots

Rarely, women under 50 who get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have a risk of blood clots with low platelets. This risk is not seen in other COVID-19 vaccines. Read CDPH’s Fact Sheet: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Benefits and Risks.

Myocarditis and pericarditis

Some young people have developed inflammation of heart muscle or membrane after getting a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Despite this, the CDC believes that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risks. Read more in these CDPH fact sheets:

Reporting side effects of vaccines

If you have experienced a side effect after COVID-19 vaccination, you can report it to:

  • VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System)
  • V-safe (After Vaccination Health Checker)

When to call the doctor

In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if:

  • The redness or tenderness where you got the shot gets worse after 24 hours
  • Your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days

If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you have a severe reaction, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions.


Booster shots and additional doses

Booster shots

Booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine are now recommended if you:

  • Got a Pfizer vaccination at least six months ago, and
  • Are 65 or older, or
  • Are a long-term care resident that is 18 or older, or
  • Are 50-64 and have an underlying medical condition, or
  • Are 50-64 and at increased risk due to social inequity (including that of communities of color)

You may also consider getting a booster if you:

  • Are 18-49 and have an underlying medical condition or are at increased risk due to social inequity, or
  • Are 18-64 and work or live in a high-risk setting (like a shelter)
    • The CDC defines high-risk jobs as:
      • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
      • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
      • Food and agriculture workers
      • Manufacturing workers
      • Corrections workers
      • U.S. Postal Service workers
      • Public transit workers
      • Grocery store workers

To book your booster shot, visit My Turn.

Read more about Pfizer booster shots and booster questions and answers from CDPH.

We’re ensuring that there are enough vaccines for those who will need a booster shot, and anyone else not yet vaccinated. See the COVID-19 Vaccine Action Plan.

Additional doses

Additional doses of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are now available for those with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. 

This includes people who:

  • Get active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Got an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Got a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Get active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that suppress immune response

Talk to your doctor to see if getting an additional dose is right for you. If you meet these criteria, you can book your shot at My Turn.

See questions and answers about additional doses.


Digital vaccine record 

You can now get a digital copy of your vaccination record. This is called the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR). It’s available to you if:

  • You got vaccinated in California, and 
  • Your information matches what is recorded in the state’s immunization systems.

 To get your vaccine record:

This digital copy can be used as proof of vaccination. 

See Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about your digital vaccine record.

If you have trouble getting your record

If you couldn’t get your vaccine record, you may need to correct or add some information. Follow the troubleshooting tips at cdph.ca.gov/covidvaccinerecord.

What might prevent you from getting your COVID-19 vaccination record:

  • Your vaccination site does not report to the state’s immunization systems
  • Your vaccination site didn’t report your vaccination
  • The information you entered doesn’t match your record in the registry

To correct or update your vaccine record, start an online chat with My Turn’s Virtual Assistant.

Read CDPH’s Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards for more information.


Vaccine rumors  

California is making sure that the public has accurate information on COVID-19 vaccination.  

If you hear vaccine-related rumors online or in your community, share with us at rumors@cdph.ca.gov.

CDPH reviews all emails to this address to better understand vaccine information gaps. They may contact you for more details.


Spread vaccine awareness

Urge your friends and family to get vaccinated. Find the words at Vaccinate ALL 58, our state’s awareness campaign website.

Share on social media that vaccination against COVID-19 is safe, available, and free. Visit the COVID-19 Response Toolkit page to find images and videos you can post.

Map of California with text Vaccinate ALL 58 - Together we can end the pandemic.

Questions and answers

Getting vaccinated

How many COVID-19 vaccine doses do I need, and how far apart should I get them?

Ideally, you’d get:

  • Two doses for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 21 days apart
  • Two doses for the Moderna vaccine, 28 days apart 
  • Just one dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine

If two shots are needed, get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible. If you can’t get it at the recommended interval, you can get your second dose up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. We have limited data on how well these vaccines work beyond this window. But if you get the second dose after 42 days, there is no need to start over.

You can get a booster (third) dose of the Pfizer vaccine if you are:

  • 65 or older
  • Living in long-term care and are 18-64, or
  • At risk because of your job (example: healthcare workers) and are 18 -64.

Third doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are available for those 18 and older with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. Read Booster shots and additional doses to see if you are eligible.

Can I mix and match COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers?

No, you can’t mix and match different vaccines. Be sure to get the same vaccine the second time that you got the first time. COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other. The safety and effectiveness of mixing vaccines has not been tested.

How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost? 

Nothing. COVID-19 vaccines and their administration are free to the public.

Read more at the Department of Managed Health Care’s Know Your Health Care Rights.

Do I need to be a California resident to get COVID-19 vaccine?

No. Vaccine eligibility is based on age. Residency or immigration status does not matter.

How do I cancel or reschedule my vaccine appointment through My Turn?

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you can do so on the Manage your appointments page.

You will be asked to confirm your appointment with:

  • Your appointment confirmation number, and 
  • Either your cell phone number or your email address.

I’ve already had COVID-19. Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. We do not know how long immunity lasts after recovering from COVID-19.

Can I get vaccinated against COVID-19 while I am currently sick with COVID-19?

No. Wait until you have recovered and have met the criteria for ending isolation. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 between their first and second dose.

Will COVID-19 vaccine sites be accessible?

Yes. All vaccine clinics in California are required to meet ADA requirements.

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine at home if I am unable to travel to a vaccine site?

Check with your healthcare provider, local health department, or local pharmacy. 

If you cannot leave your home, you can state this when booking on myturn.ca.gov or when calling 1-833-422-4255. If eligible, your local health jurisdiction will arrange for your in-home vaccination.

How do I get transportation to a vaccine site?

If you do not have a way to get to a vaccination site, you can receive free transportation through:

Transportation options include:

  • Car transportation for ambulatory patients
  • Non-emergency medical transportation for non-ambulatory patients, including 
    • Wheelchair vans
    • Gurney transportation, and other options. 

You can also check with your healthcare provider, local health department, or local pharmacy.

If you have Medi-Cal managed care, you can get transportation through your health plan or provider. Contact your plan’s member service department to ask for transportation.

If you get Medi-Cal through Fee-for-Service (FFS), you can access a list of transportation providers in your county. Contact them directly to arrange transportation to your appointments. 

If there is not a provider in your area, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) can assist. Email them at DHCSNMT@dhcs.ca.gov. Do NOT include personal information in your first email. DHCS staff will reply with a secure email asking for more information. 

If you need non-emergency medical transportation, please inform your medical provider. They can prescribe this service and put you in touch with a transportation service.

What to expect after vaccination

Will I need a booster vaccination?

Booster doses are currently recommended if you:

  • Got a Pfizer vaccination at least six months ago, and
  • Are 65 or older, or
  • Are a long-term care resident that is 18 or older, or
  • Are 50-64 and have an underlying medical condition, or
  • Are 50-64 and at increased risk due to social inequity (including that of communities of color)

You may also consider getting a booster if you:

  • Are 18-49 and have an underlying medical condition or are at increased risk due to social inequity, or
  • Are 18-64 and work or live in a high-risk setting (like a shelter)
    • The CDC defines high-risk jobs as:
      • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
      • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
      • Food and agriculture workers
      • Manufacturing workers
      • Corrections workers
      • U.S. Postal Service workers
      • Public transit workers
      • Grocery store workers

Californians can schedule their booster shot at My Turn.

Additional doses of Pfizer or Moderna are recommended for people with compromised immune systems, specifically those who: 

  • Get active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Got an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Got a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Get active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that suppress immune response

Talk to your doctor to see if getting an additional dose is right for you. If you meet these criteria, you can book your third dose at My Turn.

See questions and answers about additional doses.

What is acceptable as proof of full vaccination?

The following are accepted: 

  • Original DHHS CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card, which includes:
    • Name of person vaccinated
    • Date of birth 
    • Type of vaccine provided
    • Lot number
    • Date last dose administered
    • Site where administered
  • A photo or paper copy of your DHHS CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card
  • A photo of your vaccination record card stored on a phone or other electronic device
  • Paper or digital documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider or other issuer.
  • A Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR). 

Read CDPH’s Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards for complete details.

What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”?

People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19:

  • Two weeks after they receive the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or
  • Two weeks after they receive a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen).

See CDPH’s COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People for details.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me test positive for COVID-19?

No. A vaccine will not cause you to test positive on viral tests.

If your body develops an immune response, you may test positive on antibody tests. This shows that you may have protection against the virus.

How is my privacy protected if I take the COVID-19 vaccine?

California law strictly limits how personal information about those who are vaccinated can be shared. California negotiated with the federal government to limit the required data sharing to only information that will not allow an individual to be identified.

Read more at CDPH’s California Data Use Agreement and Frequently Asked Questions.

Should I keep my COVID-19 vaccination record card?

Yes. Keep your vaccination record card in a safe place to prevent loss or damage

The Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR) portal gives you a digital copy of this record. If you’ve lost your paper card, print out your digital record. You can use it at any place where you would show your paper card.

Read CDPH’s Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards for complete details.

If I get a booster shot or additional dose, will it show on my digital vaccine record?

Booster shots or additional doses will not automatically show on your digital vaccine record. You will need to go to the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal to get a new QR code.

We recommend waiting 14 days for your new dose to show up in the California Immunization Registry before you try to get a new QR code.

Vaccination for children

Do providers need parental consent before administering a COVID-19 vaccine to a minor?    

Yes. Before vaccinating a minor, vaccine providers must get consent from a:

  • Parent, 
  • Legal guardian, or 
  • Other adults having legal custody. 

There are some exceptions:

  • Emancipated minors do not need the consent of a parent or guardian to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Providers may accept written consent from a parent or legal guardian of an unaccompanied minor. This consent must verify the parent/guardian has received the Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet.
  • Phone or video consent is acceptable. The parent/guardian must confirm that they received the Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet. Reading the fact sheet to the parent/guardian is an option.

Families should check with their vaccine provider on acceptable forms of consent. See CDPH’s Pfizer Vaccine Minor Consent Guidance for more details.

Why should I vaccinate my child?

Cases in children are increasing. It is important to get young people vaccinated to prevent more hospitalizations and deaths.

Vaccinations may stop the spread of coronavirus variants. They can also shrink the pool of people vulnerable to COVID-19. By getting children 12 and up vaccinated, families can be safer as we get back to doing the things we love.

My child has had reactions to other vaccines. Should they still get the vaccine?

Yes, unless they have had anaphylactic-type reactions to components of the Pfizer vaccine. Allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine are rare. If your child has severe allergies or flu vaccine reactions, talk to their doctor before getting them vaccinated.   

Is there an increased vaccination risk to children who have pre-existing conditions like asthma?

Youth aged 12 and up can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine even if they have health conditions. Talk to your doctor or clinic about your child’s specific conditions.

Will my child have to get vaccinated before returning to in-person schooling?

No. Vaccination isn’t currently required to return to in-person learning. But the state’s goal is to get as many of our 2.1 million 12- to 15-year-olds vaccinated before the new fall term. Vaccination will protect young people against more-contagious coronavirus variants and COVID-19.

Why is the vaccine only for adolescents 12 and over? When will vaccines be available for younger children?

Vaccine trials begin with older, more vulnerable populations, then extend to younger ages. Adolescents were the next group prioritized because they are most like adults. Also, they are more likely than younger kids to spread the virus and become seriously ill. This approach balances the need for safety and speed, while protecting our children.

Both Pfizer and Moderna have ongoing clinical trials in kids younger than 12. If all goes well, authorization for this next age group could happen later this year. Johnson & Johnson is currently in clinical trials for the 12-17 age group.

Vaccinations for employees

I’m an employer and want to help my employees get vaccinated. How do I do that?

The Employer Vaccination Toolkit provides all the information you need to:

  • Partner with local providers for offsite vaccination events
  • Request a worksite mobile clinic
  • Help employees find and book vaccination appointments
  • Share and promote resources that support employees in getting vaccinated

Can an employer require COVID-19 vaccination for all employees entering a workplace?

Yes, if certain requirements are met. Under the ADA, an employer may insist all employees to meet a standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity. This could include a safety-related standard requiring COVID-19 vaccination.  

But if an employee cannot meet such a standard because of a disability, the employer may not require that they comply. The exception to that is if the employee’s non-compliance poses a threat to their health or safety or that of others in the workplace.

For more details, read What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.

Are people with certain jobs required to be vaccinated?

Yes. In California these include healthcare workers, those who work in congregate settings, state employees, care workers, and K-12 teachers and school staff.

Healthcare workers and workers in congregate settings (like homeless shelters and correctional facilities) must be fully vaccinated. Exceptions can only be made for those with:

  • Conflicting religious beliefs, or
  • Qualified medical reasons. 

If they are not fully vaccinated, they are required to get tested for COVID-19 regularly and wear masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. Read more in: 

California state employees must also be fully vaccinated or be regularly tested for COVID-19. See details at CalHR’s Vaccine Verification and Testing Requirements.

K-12 teachers and school employees in California must verify that they are fully vaccinated, or be tested weekly for COVID-19.

Workers in adult and senior care facilities and in-home care workers must be fully vaccinated by November 30, 2021. For details and exceptions, see the September 28 public health order.

Vaccine limitations

If I get a COVID-19 vaccine, will I still need a flu shot this fall?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccine does not provide protection against flu.

Are there certain populations who should not get a COVID-19 vaccine? What about people with allergies?

The CDC recommends that:

  • If you have had a severe or immediate reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, do not get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get the Janssen vaccine.
  • If you have had a severe or immediate reaction to any ingredient in the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, do not get the Janssen vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • If you had an immediate allergic reaction after getting the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, do not get the second dose.  
  • If you are allergic to PEG, you should not get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get the Janssen vaccine.
  • If you are allergic to polysorbate, you should not get the Janssen vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

People with underlying medical conditions can get vaccinated, as long as they are not allergic to vaccine ingredients. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions.

To learn about the ingredients in authorized COVID-19 vaccines, see

If I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. The CDC states that pregnant and lactating individuals can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Experts have no vaccination safety concerns for pregnant or lactating women or their babies. The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the live virus, so they cannot cause COVID-19.

Pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 than those who are not pregnant. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information, read:

How long should I wait to get the vaccine after I’ve had COVID-19?

The CDC recommends:

  • If you tested positive, had only mild symptoms, and were not treated for the coronavirus, you should:
    • Wait at least 10 days after the start of COVID-19 symptoms, and 
    • Meet criteria to stop isolation before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wait 90 days to get the vaccine if:
    • You recovered from a COVID-19 infection, and 
    • Were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma.

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as another vaccine?

Yes, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines (like for the flu) at the same visit. You no longer need to wait 14 days between different vaccinations. Learn more about getting more than one kind of vaccine.

Vaccine choices

Will I have a choice between the various COVID-19 vaccines?

Yes. Both My Turn and VaccineFinder allow you to search for vaccines by manufacturer.

Read CDPH’s Choosing the COVID-19 Vaccine That is Right for You.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines FDA-approved?

One is. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, now named Comirnaty, has full FDA approval for use in anyone aged 16 and up. 

The FDA can allow using vaccines before full approval. This is called an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). It lets us respond quickly to emergency situations like a pandemic. EUAs still involve rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness.

The Pfizer vaccine has an EUA for use in children aged 12 to 15. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have EUAs for use in anyone aged 18 and up.

If you’ve been waiting for full FDA approval of a vaccine before getting vaccinated, the wait is over. Visit My Turn and book your Pfizer vaccination today.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines mandatory? 

No. Neither the state or federal government requires you to get vaccinated. We hope Californians will opt for vaccination once they see how safe and effective it is.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit a healthcare facility?

Yes. Visitors to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and intermediate care facilities must show proof that they are fully vaccinated. If they are not fully vaccinated, they may only visit if they show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

All visitors, no matter their vaccination status, must wear masks and appropriate PPE and keep social distance during their visit. Read more in CDPH’s Requirements for Visitors in Acute Health Care and Long-Term Care Settings.

How can I convince my family and friends to take a COVID-19 vaccine?

Talking with family and friends about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine can be hard. Try to listen without judgement and identify the root of their concerns. Things to remember to help open the discussion include:

  • Listen to questions with empathy
  • Ask open-ended questions to explore concerns
  • Ask permission to share information
  • Help them find their own reason to get vaccinated
  • Help make their vaccination happen

Read the CDC’s How to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family.


Stay informed

Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian. Get vaccinated to reduce the need for testing.

On this page:


How to get tested

Find testing near you

See a map of testing sites near you:

Find a testing location

More testing sites may be available at your area’s COVID-19 website.

Use an at-home test

Many drug stores now carry at-home kits. These let you test yourself and get results within minutes. They are available over the counter, without a prescription. Check with your local pharmacy or retail store.

Read more about at-home tests at the CDC’s Self-Testing page.

Get tested with OptumServe

California has partnered with OptumServe to provide free, confidential testing statewide. Tests are available for everyone, including:

  • Underserved communities
  • Individuals who are at high risk

Tests are by appointment only. Find a location near you and make an appointment at:

Register for testing

If you do not have internet access, call 1-888-634-1123.

OptumServe community testing sites serve all individuals who qualify for a test. This includes uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. You do not need a driver’s license to get this test.


When to get tested

If you have symptoms

No matter your vaccination status, get tested immediately if you’re feeling any COVID-19 symptoms.

If you were exposed

Vaccinated people should get tested within 3-5 days of close contact with an infected person.

Unvaccinated people should test immediately, and again 5-7 days after.

If you go to a high-risk event

Unvaccinated people should test before and 3-5 days after.

If you travel

Unvaccinated people should test 1-3 days before travel, and 3-5 days after.

Read more in CDPH’s testing fact sheet and travel guidelines.


Cost for testing

There are no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing at a testing site. An insured person can get a COVID-19 test when needed by any provider, in or out of their health plan network, at no cost. If you’re uninsured, the government pays for your test.

However, there are some COVID-19 tests you do have to pay for:

  • At-home test kits 
  • Some rapid result tests

Testing at work

Screening tests are recurring tests of people without symptoms in certain high-risk workplaces. They are meant to detect COVID-19 early and stop transmission.

In general,

  • Fully-vaccinated individuals do not need screening tests in non-healthcare settings.
  • Asymptomatic employees in healthcare settings should still get screening tests. This is true no matter their vaccination status. There are a few exceptions:
    • Facilities may stop routine testing of asymptomatic staff who are fully vaccinated where:
      • More than 70% of residents and more than 70% staff are fully vaccinated in a long-term care facility, or
      • More than 70% of staff are fully vaccinated in an acute health care facility.
    • Facilities may continue routine testing for fully-vaccinated staff with compromised immune systems. Examples are those who have undergone organ transplantation or cancer treatment. These conditions might impact the level of protection provided by COVID-19 vaccine.

Read CDPH’s Updated Testing Guidance for details on how employers should implement workplace screening tests.


Questions and answers

What should I do if I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

Get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Know your status so you can avoid infecting others. 

If you have symptoms, stay home and self-isolate from others in your household.

Does my health plan have to cover my COVID-19 test at a testing site? 

Yes. Federal guidance requires health plans to provide testing at no cost to everyone. You do not need to have symptoms or to have been exposed to COVID-19. You do not need to be an “essential worker” to get tested.

To get tested you can go to any COVID-19 testing provider authorized or licensed by the state. You do not need to go to a provider that is in your health plan’s or health insurer’s provider network. You do not need to get permission from your health plan or health insurer before going to get a COVID-19 test. And you do not need to pay a co-payment for a COVID-19 test.

What if I don’t have health insurance and I need COVID-19 testing or care?

For the uninsured, the government pays for all necessary COVID-19 testing and care. Check your symptoms using the Symptom Screener or by talking to your doctor.

How long does it take for coronavirus test results to come back?

Turnaround time for coronavirus test results is usually less than two days. About two-thirds come back within a day, and more than 85% are available within two days.

This turnaround time includes shipping time. For labs that process home testing kits, turnaround time depends on when you mail back your kit.

If you haven’t received your test results and it’s been several days, contact:

  • Your healthcare provider,
  • Testing service, or 
  • Local health department.

Read more at California’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force.

What is acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result?

The following are accepted:

  • Printed document from your test provider or laboratory
  • An email or text message displayed on your phone from your test provider or laboratory

Results should include name of person tested, type of test, and date of negative test result. For PCR, the date of negative result must be within the prior 72 hours. For antigen, the date of negative result must be within the prior 24 hours.

When can I be around other people after I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms?

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since your test.

The CDC has recommendations for people who test positive but have no symptoms.

If I test positive for COVID-19 in a viral test, what should I do to protect others in my household?

You should self-isolate from others in your household who have not tested positive. Sleep and stay in a separate room from them, and use a separate bathroom, if possible. Multiple infected people in the same household can use the same room for isolation.

Members of your household should get tested right away. They should quarantine for at least 14 days: 

  • Close contacts who never showed symptoms may discontinue quarantine after Day 10 from the date of last exposure without testing.
  • If you are released from quarantine before Day 14 after exposure, you must:
    • Watch yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms through Day 14. If symptoms occur, immediately self-isolate and get tested.
    • Wear a mask around others, wash your hands frequently, and stay at least 6 feet from others through Day 14.

You do not have to quarantine if:

  • You recovered from COVID-19 within the past 3 months and have no new symptoms.
  • You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show no symptoms.

What support does California provide during COVID isolation or quarantine?

If you can’t work due to having COVID-19 or being near someone with the illness, you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim

If you can’t work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim to help with lost wages. 

In both these cases, you must have a note from a healthcare worker.


Stay informed

Thanks to millions of vaccinations, California’s economy is open. There are no county tiers, capacity limits, or physical distancing requirements. But COVID-19 has not gone away. To safely go about our daily lives, we need to keep taking steps to prevent the spread.

On this page:

What to do now

Do what it takes to stay safe until COVID-19 is under control. Use these tools to reduce the risk of infection.

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Vaccinations

If you’re 12 or older, get vaccinated. It’s our best tool to end the pandemic. Vaccination is safe, effective, and free.

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Masks

Wear a mask to keep from spreading the virus to those with no defense, like the immune-compromised and children under 12.

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Testing

Get tested for COVID-19 if you may have been exposed. It’s free and confidential for everyone in California.

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Exposure notifications

Turn on exposure notifications in your Apple or Android phone. CA Notify can then alert you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive.

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Education and childcare

As kids return to in-person learning, find out requirements for masking, vaccinating, and testing.

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Workplace safety

Employers are responsible for keeping the work environment safe. See the state’s rules and standards to support this.

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Mega-events

Mega-events are indoor events with 1,000 or more people and outdoor events with 10,000 or more people. Attendee rules apply for each.

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Travel

Keep California healthy and our communities open by following CDC travel guidelines.


See COVID-19 guidance in more languages.


Do’s and don’ts for daily life

Protect yourself and others by keeping these common-sense safety steps in mind.

Do

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear a mask where required, in public indoor spaces, and on public transit
  • Turn on exposure notifications on your phone
  • Get tested if you’re sick
  • Honor mask rules in place at a private business
  • Get tested if required by your workplace
  • Wear a mask when you travel

Don’t

  • Lose your proof of vaccination
  • Think you can’t get the virus or pass it on because you feel well
  • Assume everyone is vaccinated
  • Expect all COVID-19 rules everywhere to be lifted
  • Travel into the U.S. without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test
  • Attend large events if you’re sick
  • Travel if you’re sick

Read the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself and Others and CDPH’s COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.


Past restrictions

Reopening California 

California has moved Beyond the Blueprint to safely and fully reopen the economy. 

As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

The public health order effective June 15 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth.

Restrictions that ended on June 15 include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits on businesses
  • County tier system

Read the Governor’s orders N-07-21 and N-08-21. Find details in CDPH’s Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors and the Beyond the Blueprint Questions and Answers.

Retiring the Blueprint map

Under the old Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework, every California county was assigned to a risk-level tier. Based on their positivity rate, adjusted case rate, and/or health equity metric (for counties with populations more than 106,000), counties faced varying degrees of activity and capacity restrictions. The weekly status was shown on a map with four tier colors: purple, red, orange, and yellow.

The Blueprint framework was California’s reality from August 2020 to June 2021, but it is no longer in effect. You can find the latest data about your county on the State Dashboard.

See how tier restrictions were assigned and changed, as well as historical county data at CDPH’s Blueprint Data Archive.

Housing for the Harvest is a program that offers services to agricultural workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It helps positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by supporting them as they self-isolate.

On this page:


How the program works 

Farm and food processing workers play an essential role in maintaining our food supply. But some who need to self-isolate are finding it difficult due to their housing situation.

The State offers in-home quarantine support in participating counties for workers who need to self-isolate for up to 14 days. The State coordinates with local administrators who manage the program.

Local administrators:

  • Serve as primary point of contact with workers who need to self-isolate 
  • Verify participant eligibility
  • Provide services including transportation, meals, and wellness checks
  • Ensure services are provided in the participant’s language
  • Collect data required for FEMA reimbursement, and
  • Provide financial assistance for those quarantining.

Some local administrators also offer hotel quarantine options.

Local administrators are identified in coordination with the State government. They may be a county or city agency, tribe, non-profit organization, or a philanthropic organization.  


Who qualifies

Participants must meet these criteria:

  • Work in California food processing or agriculture  
  • Meet FEMA non-congregate sheltering criteria for COVID-19: 
    • Have tested positive, or 
    • Been exposed as documented by a public health official or medical health professional
  • Need support to isolate at home 

How to get help

Participate in Housing for the Harvest by contacting the administrator for your county:


How your county or organization can participate

If your county or organization would like to be a local administrator, please contact HousingforHarvest@dss.ca.gov. See more details in this Program Overview.


Funding and program costs

State funding will cover eligible costs for transportation, meals, wellness checks, and any other services for in-home quarantining through an agreement with the county. Philanthropy may cover additional costs. Some costs may be eligible for FEMA reimbursement by the county.  

Here are California’s current mask recommendations and requirements.

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Masks in daily life

These are the statewide guidelines for masks. Your local area may have more. Check your area’s COVID-19 website.

  • Everyone is required to wear masks in the following settings:
    • Public transit
    • Healthcare settings (including long term care facilities)
    • Adult and senior care facilities
    • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings
    • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
    • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
Illustration of a man and a woman wearing masks while riding a train

  • Masks are required for unvaccinated people and recommended for everyone in indoor public places, like:
    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Theaters
    • Family entertainment centers
    • Meetings
    • State and local government offices that serve the public

See CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings and Face Coverings Q&A to learn more.

Read Get the Most out of Masking to learn how a mask can best protect you.

Mask-wearing exemptions

The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:

  • Children under two years old, due to the risk of suffocation.
  • People with:
    • A medical condition, 
    • Mental health condition, or 
    • Disability that precludes wearing a mask. This includes:
      • Those for whom a mask could obstruct breathing
      • Who are unconscious or incapacitated 
      • Unable to remove a mask without assistance
  • People for whom seeing the mouth is essential for communication:
    • Hearing impaired, or 
    • Those communicating with a person who is hearing impaired.
  • People for whom wearing a mask would create a risk as they work, as determined by:
    • Local, state, or federal regulators, or 
    • Workplace safety guidelines.

See complete mask exemptions details at CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.


Masks in the workplace

Cal/OSHA has aligned workplace mask requirements with general mask guidance from the CDPH.

  • Masks are not required outdoors (except during outbreaks), regardless of vaccination status. Workers should be trained for outdoor use of face coverings.
  • Masks are not required for fully-vaccinated employees indoors, but they are recommended. Employers must document employees’ vaccination status. 
    • There are some settings where masks are required regardless of vaccination status. In outbreaks, all employees must wear masks indoors and outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • Employers must provide unvaccinated employees with NIOSH-certified respirator masks for voluntary use when:
    • Working indoors, or 
    • In a vehicle with others.
  • Unvaccinated workers must wear masks in state offices.

For more information, see Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), the state public health officer order of July 26, 2021, and CalHR’s Vaccine Verification and Testing Requirements.


Guidance for businesses

In settings where masks are still required, businesses, venue operators, or hosts may choose to:

  • Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow individuals to self-attest that they are fully vaccinated or meet an approved masking exemption prior to entry.
  • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask. 
  • Require all patrons to wear masks.

No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.


Questions and answers

Which employers must require employees to wear masks under certain conditions?

The COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) applies to all employers, employees, and to all places of employment with the following exceptions:

  • Work locations where there is only one employee who does not have contact with other people
  • Employees who are working from home
  • Employees who are covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases regulation
  • Employees working from a location chosen by the employee, which is not under the control of the employer (for instance, an employee teleworking from a café or a friend’s home).

Unvaccinated workers must be provided respirators and are strongly encouraged to wear them in healthcare settings like hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, and they are required to wear surgical masks in high-risk congregate living settings and other healthcare settings such as homeless shelters and state and local correctional facilities and detention centers, as outlined in the state public health officer order of July 26, 2021.

State employees who work on-site and are unvaccinated must also wear masks. This is outlined in CalHR’s Vaccine Verification and Testing Requirements.

What are the mask requirements at workplaces?

The COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) requires employers to provide employees who are not fully vaccinated with NIOSH-certified respirator masks. They must ensure they are worn over the nose and mouth when indoors, in vehicles, and when required by orders from the CDPH. No employees need to use masks outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, unless there is an outbreak.

The state public health officer order of July 26, 2021 requires unvaccinated employees in certain healthcare settings to be provided respirators, and requires unvaccinated employees in congregate living facilities and other healthcare settings to wear surgical masks at work. Congregate living facilities include adult and senior residential settings, homeless shelters, and state and local correctional facilities and detention centers.

CalHR’s Vaccine Verification and Testing Requirements say that state employees who work on-site and are unvaccinated must wear masks at work.

May an employer require an employee to wear a mask at work even if the employee provides documentation verifying that they are fully vaccinated?

Yes, employers can have policies that are stricter than those required by the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). However, an accommodation must be made for those:

  • Who cannot wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or disability
  • Who are hearing-impaired or communicating with a hearing-impaired person
  • When an employee performs specific tasks which cannot be performed with a face covering

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