Employees in the education sector will be eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1b, Tier 1 of California’s vaccination plan. In Kern County, it is anticipated that Phase 1b, Tier 1 will begin soon.
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools is in the process of partnering with local school districts and community partners to plan for a COVID-19 Vaccination Program for public education employees throughout Kern County.
As soon as Kern County Public Health opens Phase 1b, Tier 1, COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to school employees at NO COST on a first-come, first-served basis. We will keep this page updated with the latest information as it becomes available.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Two doses for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 21 days apart.
- Two doses for the Moderna vaccine, 28 days apart.
Yes. How much protection the COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions is still unknown. It is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like:
- Staying home and isolating from others when sick
- Wearing masks
- Washing hands often
- Social distancing
Together, COVID-19 vaccination and recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. We need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before we change recommendations on mask use.
Even with a vaccine you may still be able to spread COVID-19. Even after vaccination, you should stay home as much as possible:
- Isolate if you’re sick
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands frequently
- Keep your distance from people not in your household
If your body develops an immune response (the goal of vaccination), there is a possibility that you may test positive on antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate that you may have protection against the virus.
It depends. CDC recommends that:
- If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get that specific vaccine.
- If you have had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injections, you should ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
- People with a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injections may still get vaccinated.
People may get vaccinated even with a:
- History of allergies to oral medications
- Family history of severe allergic reactions
- Milder allergy to vaccines
- If you have a severe allergic reaction after getting the first shot, you should not get the second shot.
Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not recommended for children:
- Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is for ages sixteen and above
- Moderna vaccine is for ages eighteen and above.
Clinical trials are ongoing to identify a safe vaccine for children.