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The health and safety of Marin County residents is our top priority. A safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone.
Benefits of Vaccination
COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the pandemic. Vaccines and boosters are safe and effective at preventing people from getting very sick or dying from COVID-19 and lowers the risk of developing "long COVID." As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations, including recommended boosters.
Common effects of the vaccine (which may include flu-like symptoms) are normal signs that the body is building protection and typically go away within a day. In contrast, COVID-19 infection commonly causes 1 – 2 weeks of symptoms and can lead to severe illness.
Types of Vaccination
Four COVID-19 vaccines are approved or authorized in the United States:
- Johnson & Johnson's Janseen
These vaccines follow a specific vaccine schedule to ensure the highest level of protection. Learn more about vaccine dose timing by age.
- Primary Vaccine Series: The Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax vaccines require a second dose. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine does not require a second dose but is more limited in its availability and eligibility criteria.
- Initial Monovalent Booster: The initial booster was for people who completed their primary series. It did not specifically protect against omicron.
- Updated Bivalent Booster: The updated booster, also known as the “omicron booster” or “bivalent booster,” increases immunity against the original COVID-19 strain and the new omicron variants. It has been available since September 2022. Check your vaccination record and consider getting this updated booster it you have not already received it.
- Additional Doses: Third or additional doses are available for those with weakened immune systems.
- Primary Vaccine Series: anyone age 6 months & older
- Updated Booster: anyone age 6 months and older who completed the primary series at least 2 months ago. Children age 6 months through 4 years who received the Pfizer vaccine may have different eligibility requirements.
- Additional Doses: people with certain risk factors.
Children aged 6 months to 17 years must have permission from their parent or guardian to get vaccinated.
If you are eligible, find a provider to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Learn about how many people in Marin have received their primary series and booster doses of the vaccine.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, talk to your healthcare provider, review CDC's frequently asked questions, or contact the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255.
Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL): 1-888-677-1199 or DIAL@n4a.org
We encourage you to use the Digital Vaccine Record available from the State of California.
Lost vaccination cards or vaccine corrections:
Did you receive your primary vaccinations from Marin County Public Health (MCPH)? If yes, MCPH can replace lost COVID-19 vaccination cards or make corrections to the COVID-19 immunization record. Request a replacement card or vaccination correction with the Vaccine Card Request Form.
If you did not receive your primary vaccinations from MCPH, we are not authorized to make any additions or corrections. Please contact the provider of your COVID-19 vaccination to get a replacement vaccine card or have your immunization record corrected.
If you wish to add to your records updated with vaccines received out-of-state or out-of-country, contact your primary healthcare provider or clinic to have it added to your California Record under Historical Immunizations.