COVID-19 and Flu Updates
How we’re keeping you safe
TrueCare is working hard to provide the safest care to all of our patients, offering phone visits and in-person care. If you feel sick, please call before you come in.
Effective April 11, 2023, patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks while visiting our health centers, but masking is not mandatory. Masks are required for patients and visitors experiencing upper respiratory systems.
Now Available: Online COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling
TrueCare is now offering COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to eligible individuals. If you are interested in receiving your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, please call or text us at (760) 736-6767 or use our online scheduling tool to make an appointment.
TrueCare has Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines available at several vaccine clinic locations, including Encinitas, Oceanside, Perris, and San Marcos.
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved boosters for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and J&J vaccines. TrueCare offers boosters for people who received any of these three vaccine options. Please find our COVID-19 vaccine booster FAQs below.
Our TrueCare clinics continue to provide COVID-19 vaccines and testing to care for and protect our patients. You are not alone on this journey. As your health partner, we’ll keep this website updated with new information as it becomes available. For news and updates, sign up for TrueCare communications, or follow us on social media.
Who is eligible?
- Anyone age 5 and up.
People who’ve received a Moderna series:
- Anyone age 18 and up.
People who’ve received a J&J vaccine:
- Anyone age 18 and up.
For additional information on COVID vaccine eligibility, consult the San Diego County Vaccine Recommendations chart.
When should I get the booster?
How long should I wait to get the COVID-19 booster shot after I have had COVID-19?
- Your symptoms have resolved.
- You’ve isolated for the recommended period of time.
- It has been 3 months (90 days) since you received monoclonal antibodies.
Which booster shot should I choose?
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
The COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to:
- Pregnant, breastfeeding, and lactating women
- Those who have already contracted COVID-19
- Those with underlying medical conditions, including people who are immunosuppressed
Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?
What symptoms will I get after I receive the vaccine?
Side effects of the COVID vaccine can include:
- Pain/swelling at the injection site
In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours or if your side effects are worrying you and do not seem to be going away after a few days.
How often will I need to get this vaccine?
Can I mix brands of vaccines?
Can I get the flu vaccine at the same time as the COVID-19 booster?
Learn more on coadministration of the flu and COVID vaccine here.
Do I need to comeback for the second dose?
How effective is the vaccine? If we’re not sure, why would I get it?
Are the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines all effective?
Will the COVID vaccine cover me with the new strains?
After I get the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask?
Once I’ve received the vaccine, is it safe for me to resume seeing my family and friends?
You are fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and two weeks after your single dose of J&J/Janssen vaccine. It is possible you could still get COVID-19 soon after vaccination because your body has not had enough time to build full protection. Keep taking precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
Does the COVID-19 vaccine change my DNA?
The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA cannot affect our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease.
At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection. That immune response and making antibodies is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
I already had COVID-19, why should I still get the vaccine?
Isn’t it better to have your natural immune system respond versus a vaccine?
What does the vaccine cost?
How will I know when I am able to get the vaccine?
Do I need to make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Call or text (760) 736-6767
- Use our online scheduling tool
- Log in and schedule directly in your MyChart account
Please check the vaccine location pages for up-to-date hours.
Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?
I was vaccinated outside of the United States, do I need to get vaccinated again in the US?
Some people may have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States. In some circumstances people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the United States may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine.
Why should I get vaccinated?
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a way to protect yourself, your family, and your community. It all starts with you. Building defenses against COVID-19 in our community is a team effort. You are a key part of that defense. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection in addition to measures like mask-wearing, social distancing, and diligent hand-washing.
COVID-19 Testing FAQs:
Do I need to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing?
What are the hours for COVID-19 testing?
How long will it take for me to receive my results?
How do I get my results?
How long will I need to quarantine?
I tested positive for COVID-19 and my symptoms are getting worse. Do I need to make an appointment?
Monitor your health and seek prompt medical care if your symptoms get worse, especially if you are at an increased risk for serious illness. This includes older adults (risk for severe illness increases with age) and people with underlying medical conditions (such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), immunocompromised, obesity, heart conditions, sickle cell disease, type 2 diabetes).
Call 911 if you are experiencing any symptoms that require emergency assistance such as:
Trouble breathing, pressure or pain in chest, bluish lips or face, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake
What is Paxlovid?
Who is eligible for Paxlovid?
Paxlovid is for adults and children 12 years and older who are at higher risk for developing serious COVID-19 health complications that may lead to hospitalization and/or death.
Paxlovid should be considered when the following criteria is present:
- Have a current diagnosis of mild to moderate COVID-19 and are within 5 days of symptom onset, AND
- Have one or more risk factors for severe COVID-19
How do I get treatment for COVID-19?
First, you must test positive with a PCR or rapid test. This can be done at home, at a regular health care provider’s office, or at a testing site.
If you test positive at a “Test to Treat” location, you may be eligible to receive antiviral medication on the spot. If you test positive at a different testing site or through an at-home testing kit, you can schedule an appointment with your provider to possibly get a prescription as well.
What are the side effects of Paxlovid?
Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Center Near Me
Find a COVID-19 Testing Health Center Near Me
Connect directly with providers via video or phone call. No insurance necessary and new patients welcome. Contact us at (760) 736-6767 to see if a virtual visit with one of our providers may be right for you.
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