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It’s exciting news, and also normal to be nervous.
Here’s what you need to know:

  • The vaccine works by safely teaching your body how to recognize and defend against the virus.
  • When you get the COVID-19 vaccine, you protect yourself and your loved ones. You also protect the children in your care and their parents, elders and siblings too.
  • It might seem like the COVID-19 vaccine was developed fast. In fact, scientists have been working hard on vaccines in the coronavirus family for years, so they didn’t start from scratch.
  • In studies, 95% of volunteers who got the vaccine were protected from getting sick from the virus.
  • If you are a person of color, you might feel especially worried about taking these vaccines. Medical racism in the past and present is real. You may be wondering if you can trust these vaccines and the systems that developed them that have broken trust with your community before. Thankfully, the COVID-19 vaccine was a worldwide project with shared data, public meetings, tests on thousands of volunteers of different races, and scientists of color in the labs.

When you get the COVID-19 vaccine, you help defeat the virus, so the children you care for can stay healthy, and enjoy more activities sooner.

It’s more proof of what the kids and their families already know: you’re a child care hero. 

Click here to download a factsheet from the First 5 Association and First 5 Contra Costa


Important Links:

Press release from Contra Costa Health Services re: Phase 1B (February 18, 2021)

Request a vaccine appointment through federal and state vaccination sites

Request a vaccine appointment through county vaccination sites (booked for the next two weeks as of 2/18/21)

Learn more about the vaccines from Contra Costa Health Services