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Vaccine availability

When can I get a vaccine?

The Statewide plan is to vaccinate people according to their health risk. On the El Dorado County website, EDCCOVID-19 Vaccine, there is a list of groups, separated into tiers. See which group you fall into and the timeline for the group to be eligible for a vaccine. The website also has a listing of vaccine clinics on EDCCOVID-19 Clinics and instructions on how to register. The online appointment method is currently the only way the public can sign up to get a vaccination. Keep checking the website as slots can open up depending on vaccine deliveries.

Who is eligible for vaccinations through Marshall?

Marshall has been vaccinating healthcare workers as required by the state. Marshall has also completed vaccinations for staff and residents of area skilled nursing facilities and senior living facilities. Due to limited supplies of the vaccine, at this time we are only able to offer vaccinations to high-risk patients aged 65 and over and we are contacting them directly.

If you are aged 65 or over, have a chronic health condition and have been seen at Marshall in the past six months, please closely monitor the phone number you have on file with us. Calls are being placed based on health risk. If you haven’t been contacted, please wait or try to set an appointment with the County.

How can I get on a list to get a vaccine from Marshall?

Marshall does not have a vaccine waiting list for the general public. When Marshall receives a vaccine supply from the County, we will conduct targeted outreach to patients in the appropriate tiers and according to health risk.

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about the covid-19 vaccine

Why should I get the vaccine?

Getting vaccinated lowers your chances of getting severely ill from the virus, which spreads very easily. Both Pfizer and Moderna have stated that the current vaccine will protect against the new strain. Second, there are lasting and secondary effects from being sick with COVID-19. Studies have shown that it can cause heart and brain damage and long-term fatigue. Third, getting vaccinated helps prevent COVID-19 from spreading to others. When a lot of people have been vaccinated, the virus will stop spreading so quickly. Then we can get back to a normal life sooner.

Are the vaccines safe?

The vaccines went through full reviews and have been proven to be very safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 infection. The vaccine does not use a live virus; there is no way to get COVID from the vaccine. The vaccines will not affect your genetic makeup. These are mRNA vaccines, which cannot modify any cell DNA. The vaccines don’t alter us in any way except to help build immunity to COVID-19.

If I've recovered from COVID, should I get vaccinated?

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection is possible, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated even after you’ve had COVID-19 to protect yourself from getting it again — and to help prevent the spread. While people who get COVID-19 develop antibodies that may provide some protection, it’s not known how long antibodies last after a person recovers.

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After vaccination

Should I be concerned about side effects?

Side effects such as chills, fatigue or body aches are normal and don’t last long. The side effects are a sign that your body is building an immune response.

Am I immune after getting the vaccine?

It generally takes two weeks for immunity to start to build. Beware the false sense of security after receiving the first dose as infections can still happen. After the second dose, those vaccinated will be 95% less likely to contract COVID. While being immunized may keep you from getting sick with COVID, it is still not known whether or not vaccinated people can continue to spread the virus. Data is still being collected on this. In the meantime, continue with masking, social distancing and other protocols.

Do I need to continue masking after vaccination?

Yes, please continue to wear a mask even after you have received the vaccines. While being immunized may keep YOU from getting sick with COVID, it is still not known whether or not vaccinated people can continue to spread the virus.

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