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The time to get vaccinated is now

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As California opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to virtually everyone, it is imperative that we take responsibility as members of our community and make an appointment to receive the vaccine as soon as possible.

As of Thursday, any resident aged 16 and over is eligible to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine in California. Appointments can be made now at  myturn.ca.gov, or through the Los Angeles County Health Department, or through your local pharmacy. 

Now more than ever is the time to take advantage of the vaccine rollout to protect yourself and others around you.

Currently all three vaccines – from Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson – have all been issued emergency use authorizations by the U.S Food and Drug Administration.  The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are each given in two doses administered three weeks apart from each other. Full immunity comes two weeks after the second dose.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine comes in a single dose, although its use has been temporarily suspended while the FDA investigates reports of blood clotting among a handful of women who have received the vaccine.

Aside from those reports, the vaccine is safe. The most common side effects include fatigue, headache or pain at the injection site. But these are generally mild and go away within a day or two. What’s more, the vaccine is also effective. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 0.008% of the 66 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated have later contracted COVID, and all of those were mild cases of the disease.

California has administered nearly 24 million doses of the vaccine so far, with 40% of state residents having received at least one dose and 22% of residents being fully vaccinated. As those numbers grow, so will the outlook for defeating the spread of the coronavirus. This will allow the economy to fully reopen and the return of full attendance at concerts, sporting events and other activities.

The COVID-19 vaccine can serve to protect you, your friends and your family from the deadly virus that has killed more than 564,000 Americans since last year. Help stop the spread of COVID-19 and get your vaccine now.

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