UC Davis Health is committed to providing you with the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 prevention and vaccines. Learn how to protect yourself and others from novel coronavirus spread:

COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone age 12 and older. You can schedule your vaccine through the state of California's centralized scheduling system MyTurn.ca.gov (enter the zip code 95819 to find UC Davis Health).

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently not available to anyone under age 12 as researchers and vaccine manufacturers are working to determine if it's safe for younger children. Pfizer is the only approved vaccine for children ages 12-17. For those who are under 18 years old, they will need to have a parent or legal guardian provide consent for treatment at their appointment. UC Davis Health accepts written or verbal consent. It's also advised that anyone under age 18 have someone drive them to and from their appointment. With any vaccine, there's an increased risk of fainting for children ages 11 to 18, according to the CDC.

UC Davis Health is vaccinating patients and non-patients at a vaccination site in Sacramento. It is not a drive-through clinic. You will need to schedule an appointment. We are not accepting walk-ins.

Learn more about how to schedule your vaccine and what to expect

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In June 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Californians must wear face coverings or masks in public or high-risk places, including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care. It mandates the use of face coverings by the general public when outside the home, with limited exceptions.

The CDC released updated guidance on May 13 that those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can "resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart". This includes both indoor and outdoor activities, "except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance."

However, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) still has mandatory face mask requirements listed for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, including the following:the requirements include mandatory face coverings or masks in situations such as:

  • Inside or waiting to enter any indoor public space
  • Obtaining health care services
  • Waiting in line or riding in public transportation or ride-sharing services
  • At work in public spaces and while walking through common spaces
  • While outdoors when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet or more isn’t possible

There are some exceptions to the mandate, which are listed on the CDPH’s website. Children age 2 and under, and people with a medical, mental health or a developmental disability that prevent them wearing a face covering, are among those exempted.

Find out why you should wear masks and what materials are best

Learn from our experts about the science of wearing a mask

Currently, there isn’t a study that shows increased protection from COVID-19 while wearing disposable gloves. Human hands have a lot of microbial, built-in defenses in the skin. COVID-19 can largely survive longer on gloves than it would on hands. The virus isn’t going to infect you through your hands, but rather because you touch your face, which can also happen while wearing gloves. In certain circumstances, wearing gloves is advised. For example, if you’re in contact with a surface that is likely infected, you can wear gloves and then take them off when you’re done. If you have problems with hand hygiene, like skin irritation from repeated washing, then wearing gloves (and changing to new ones often) is reasonable.

Don’t rely on gloves as a barrier to coronavirus, as your hands are probably more resistant to the virus than the gloves are. What’s most important is hand hygiene and not using your hands (gloved or not) to spread virus to your mouth, nose, eyes or ears.

You can reuse gloves – although they are inexpensive, and it’s recommended to use a new pair each time. However, the virus doesn’t last forever on a surface. After 7 days, the chance of the virus infecting you is very low. You can sanitize gloves with alcohol or wash them with soap and water.

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The best way for people to protect themselves is to not be around sick people. Much is unknown about how the novel coronavirus spreads. However, coronaviruses typically are spread from person-to-person when in close contact (about 6 feet).

The best way to protect your health is by practicing preventive measures, such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, and after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person. Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home from work and away from other people if you become sick with any respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. People who are sick should be in a room, with the door closed, to help prevent spreading the disease to other people.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you're coughing and sneezing, isolate yourself away from others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work and in your car.
  • Do not travel or go out into public while sick.
  • Practice healthy habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Check out these ways to stay healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic (pdf)