California Schools VEBA is committed to the health and safety of our members. We are working with each of our carriers on their plans for distributing COVID-19 vaccines to our VEBA members. As the national strategy rolls out, we will provide the how, when and where as it becomes available to the public. We promise that getting the latest information to you, our members, is our first priority.
VEBA is prepared to provide comprehensive vaccine information to all of our members. We are dedicated to supporting you during this challenging time.
Below is the latest information we can offer at this time.
Join us for a live webinar about the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, January 25th from 4:00-5:00 pm.
Shane Crotty, Ph.D. from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology will tell you everything you need to know about the vaccine, such as how it works, effectiveness, safety and side effects. Dr. Crotty is a professor at the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research. COVID-19 research done at his lab has informed vaccine efforts worldwide.
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Vaccine Information Resources
State of California
COVID-19 Information Hotline
M – F 8 am – 8 pm | Sa – Su 8 am – 5 pm
This hotline is available in several languages and is a live answer service.
- Jan 13, 2021 — County Plans to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine to People 65 Years and Older
- Jan 13, 2021 — Seniors 65+ Now Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine to Effectively and Efficiently Increase Vaccine Distribution, Reduce Hospitalizations and Save Lives
- Jan 11, 2021— County of Orange Announces First Regional COVID-19 Super POD at Disneyland Resort
- Jan 11, 2021 — COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Opens at Petco Park as County Seeks More Vaccinators
- Jan 8, 2021 — County of San Diego to Open First “Vaccination Super Station” in Partnership With UC San Diego Health, Padres and City of San Diego
- Jan 6, 2021 — All People in Phase 1A Could Get COVID-19 Vaccine
- Jan 4, 2021 — FDA Statement on Following the Authorized Dosing Schedules for COVID-19 Vaccines
- Dec 31, 2020 — Allergists Offer Reassurance Regarding Potential Allergic Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccines
- Dec 30, 2020 — California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
- Dec 21, 2020 — San Diego County Receives Its First Shipment of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
- Dec 18, 2020 — FDA Takes Additional Action in Fight Against COVID-19 By Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for Second COVID-19 Vaccine
- Dec 18, 2020 — California Sets Teachers, First Responders For Next Vaccines
- Dec 17, 2020 — Moderna vaccine set for emergency use authorization with FDA advisory panel’s endorsement
- Dec 16, 2020 — 82K San Diegans Are First in Line to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
- Dec 15, 2020 — San Diego Unified Starts COVID-19 Testing at Elementary Schools Under UC San Diego Partnership
- Dec 14, 2020 — San Diego County Receives First COVID-19 Vaccines For Military, Civilians
- Dec 14, 2020 — 28K COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Arriving in San Diego
- Dec 11, 2020 — U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues the first emergency use authorization: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- Dec 9, 2020 — COVID-19 Vaccine: Who is Getting It First?
National Public Health Sites
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Local Public Health Sites
- California Department of Public Health
- State of California
- San Diego County
- San Diego 211
- Orange County
- Los Angeles County
- Imperial County
- Riverside County
- San Bernardino County
- United Healthcare (UHC)
- Kaiser Permanente
- Kaiser Vaccine Line: To get the latest information, call their 24/7 vaccine hotline at 855-550-0951. Also available in Spanish.
- Express Scripts
Medical Groups – San Diego
- Sharp HealthCare
- UC San Diego Health
- Scripps Health
- Arch Health Medical Group
- Primary Care Associates Medical Group
- Cassidy Medical Group
- Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
Medical Groups – Southern California
- OptumCare Medical Group
- MemorialCare Health System
- Beaver Medical Group
- Edinger Medical Group
- Regal Medical Group
- ADOC Medical Group
Feeling stressed or a little overwhelmed by everything going on? Optum offers a free emotional support line for all VEBA members. Anyone, including your family and friends, can call 866-342-6892 to speak to a mental health expert 24/7.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccines are being developed to help prevent COVID-19. There are two vaccines at the front of the line for Emergency Use Authorizations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
On December 11, 2020, the FDA issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in individuals 16 years of age and older. On December 18, 2020, the second EUA was issued for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
The manufacturers report that both vaccines were approximately 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 disease.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a two-dose series, three weeks apart, into the muscle. To learn more about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, visit their site.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a two-dose series, one month apart, into the muscle. Read the FDA fact sheet to learn more about the Moderna vaccine.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Safety of the COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority and federal agencies are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
A new tool, v-safe, has been developed by the CDC as an additional way to monitor safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. The convenient health checker is smartphone-based and should be used once you receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Please note that the COVID-19 vaccine is not for everyone. Experts say you should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine if you:
- had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
- had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine.
How much does the vaccine cost?
The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for all VEBA members.
Will the vaccine give me COVID-19 or cause me to test positive for COVID-19?
No, none of the COVID-19 vaccines in use or being developed in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, you may test positive on some antibody tests, which indicates you have some level of protection against COVID-19.
Will I experience any side effects?
People can experience side effects after receiving the vaccine, especially after the second dose. These side effects are normal and are signs that the body is building immunity.
Most people who have taken COVID-19 vaccines report that side effects are usually mild and go away after several days. Learn which side effects you may have and how to cope.
According to the CDC, it will take a few weeks for your body to build immunity after vaccination. This means it is possible to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination. Public health experts stress the importance of continuing to follow safety measures like wearing a mask and social distancing. See other ways to protect yourself and your family.
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