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Vaccination Rollout and Distribution

Vaccination Opportunities

COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed by local health departments to eligible members of the community in accordance with California or Nevada’s phased distribution plans. The COVID-19 vaccination process is evolving quickly, sometimes daily. Check with your county’s health department for the most up-to-date information.

At this time, Barton is not scheduled to receive additional vaccine allocations for patients. Unless contacted directly by your physician, please register through the county you reside in based on your eligibility. If you have been contacted by your physician's office regarding a vaccine at Barton Health, please call 530.600.1999 x4 by 5pm on January 21.

  • El Dorado County Public Health has implemented a phased approach to county-wide vaccination based on risk and exposure. Phase specifics, including vaccination eligibility status, can be found on the El Dorado County Public Health website.
    • Phase 1 - Employers in critical industries can register with the county to vaccinate their workforce. Through their employers, employees will receive vaccination clinic information regarding where to go and how to sign up to receive their vaccinations.
    • Phase 1A, Tier 3 - Individuals age 65 and older can register for a vaccine appointment through El Dorado County,
      • Appointments may be available through your local Safeway Pharmacy OR through your Public Health Office in South Lake Tahoe or Placerville. CLICK HERE to register for an appointment (walk-ins are not accepted). 
      • If you are having trouble navigating the website, assistance is available at county libraries.

El Dorado County Public Health Website
Call 211

  • Quad-County Public Health Preparedness Program is following state guidelines for vaccinating individuals identified within Nevada’s playbook for statewide vaccination. Via Carson City Health and Human Services, vaccinations are currently available for:
    • Tier 1 - Frontline Healthcare Workers, First Responders, Frontline Workers Essential to the COVID-19 Response
    • Tier 2 - Education and Childcare Staff and the Nevada System of Higher Education Faculty
    • Anyone over 70 years old.
  • People who meet the criteria for current tiers through their employment will be contacted by their employer regarding how to sign up and where to receive their vaccination. The Quad Counties will announce how people who meet the age criteria should sign up once each specified group is eligible.

Carson City Health & Human Services
Call 775.434.1988


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe? Yes, the COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Currently the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
    While the federal program “Operation Warp Speed” implies rushed development, the approval process for these vaccines followed all necessary safety steps. The normal process was followed, but expedited due to increased federal funding of the clinical trials and it was easy to meet the required sample sizes since COVID-19 was so widespread throughout the country.
  2. What are the different types of vaccines currently available? Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines use mRNA technology, which is different from typical vaccines in that they don't inject particles of live or altered virus. Instead, these vaccines send a code into your cells so your immune system learns how to make a spike protein that looks like the protein on the outside of coronavirus-19 coronavirus your immune system is not making the actual virus. Your immune system then learns how to make antibodies against the spike protein. Both vaccines require two doses for maximum protection; Pfizer recommends the second dose 21 days after the first; Moderna recommends the second dose 28 days after the first. You must get your second dose from the same manufacturer as the first.
  3. What are the side effects? Side effects from a vaccine indicate that your immune system is responding and reacting to the vaccine. Common side effects include redness, soreness and swelling at the injection site, as well as feeling tired or developing a headache or fever and chills, while less common symptoms include nausea and vomiting. Side effects are more common after the second dose, with over 75% of vaccinated people developed at least one side effect. Nearly all symptoms lasted less than three days (72 hours) and most improved with Tylenol or ibuprofen. This response is your immune system activating, not an indication that you are infected with the virus. Note: the vaccine does not cause symptoms typical of coronavirus such as runny nose or cough; if you experience these symptoms, you should isolate and seek care.
  4. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine? No, you do not get COVID-19 from the vaccine, nor are you contagious from the vaccine.
  5. Will the vaccine alter my DNA? No, the “messenger” part of the mRNA vaccine activates your cells to make its own spike proteins to fight the virus, then degrades within hours, never affecting your body’s DNA.
  6. Does the vaccine contain a microchip? No, the vaccine does not contain a microchip. The independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), composed of clinicians and scientists and are not part of or paid by the pharmaceutical companies, reviewed the vaccine and deemed it safe and effective.
  7. When will I be immune to COVID-19? After the first dose of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, you are about 50% protected and will reach maximum protection about a week after the second dose of the vaccine is administered; slightly longer for Moderna. Full immunity cannot be guaranteed, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have a 95% and 94% effective rate respectively, meaning the people who did not receive the vaccine (placebo group) had 95% (or 94%) more COVID-19 positive tests than the vaccinated group. It is still being determined how long you will have protection once you receive both doses.
  8. Does the vaccine keep me from getting or giving COVID-19? At this point, we do not know if you can still transmit the virus after vaccination. What we do know is those vaccinated will have fewer symptomatic COVID-19 infections AND those that get COVID-19 will be much less likely to experience serious illness or death.
  9. If I am vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask and social distance? Yes, continuing to heed public health orders related to masking and social distancing is imperative to further containing COVID-19 and limiting community transmission.
  10. If I’ve had COVID-19 should I get the vaccine? Yes, even if you have had COVID-19, we recommend the vaccination as there have been cases of patients being infected with COVID-19 more than once and the vaccines appear to provide improved protection for those who have previously been infected. It is recommended you are not contagious with the virus and are cleared by healthcare provider prior to receiving the vaccine.
  11. If I am pregnant/ breastfeeding should I receive the vaccine? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as Barton’s OB/GYN group recommends the current mRNA vaccines for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should discuss their options with their healthcare provider if they have further questions.
  12. Does the vaccine protect against the variant/mutant virus spreading in the UK and South Africa? Tests are ongoing, though currently evidence suggests the vaccine will protect against developing symptomatic COVID-19 Including current mutated virus variants.
  13. When can I be vaccinated? Barton works closely with local county public health departments to help communicate, plan and distribute as needed. If you are receiving the vaccination based on your employment, your employer will register with the county and then communicate the process with you. If you are eligible to receive the vaccine based on your age, please register for an appointment with your county of residence:
    1. El Dorado County: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/Pages/EDCCOVID-19-vaccine.aspx
    2. Quad-County: https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccine/
  14. How much does the vaccine cost? The COVID-19 vaccine is paid for by the U.S. Government and provided at no charge, however vaccine administrators may charge a fee for giving the shot(s).